Zimbabwe shuts down social media amid civil servants strike

Political activists, backed by the social movement called #ThisFlag, have called for a national stay-away on Wednesday "to shut down the country" in protest at the government "for allowing corruption, injustice and poverty".

"We have cash shortages in Zimbabwe now because the government has been overspending over the years", Mawarire noted.

But police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told ZBC that police would ensure the safe passage of workers and said anyone blocking roads would be arrested.

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That image and many more will travel around the globe and will reveal Zimbabweans' frustrations and crystalise people's resolve to fight what they deem as oppression.

"This shows people have no confidence in the government".

Last Friday around 70 people were arrested in Beitbridge town at the border with southern neighbour South Africa during protests over a ban on imports of basic commodities. "It's better for them to remain at their homes than giving opportunity to hooligans who want to take advantage of the protests", Mahiya said tongue in cheek. The MDC opposition party, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has said it supports the revolts which it blames on bad governance.

Addressing a press conference Tuesday, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association spokesperson Douglas Mahiya urged the government to listen to solutions from the citizens. State Security Minister Kembo Mohandi was quoted by local daily Times Live as saying the way the operations [protests] had been organized was unlike Zimbabweans.

Acting Information Minister Joseph Made told state radio last night that schools should remain open today, and civil servants and ordinary people should go about their business as normal.

Civic groups circumvented tough security laws and used social media to call for a work boycott yesterday to pressure President Robert Mugabe's government to address economic troubles, including high unemployment, hunger in rural areas, cash shortages and a failure to pay its
workers on time. Government workers who are yet to receive their June salaries boycotted work on Tuesday, and police in Harare on Monday battled rioters protesting alleged police harassment.

Mugabe's government has delayed pay dates for civil servants as treasury funds run short after years of economic decline, worsened by a severe drought which has hit agriculture.

Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services minister Supa Mandiwanzira can provide all manner of Cabinet authorities to show that his purchase of an expensive vehicle was overboard.

He said government should carry out its duties and obligations in line with the constitution of the country, as well as the worldwide treaties and protocols that Zimbabwe was signatory to.

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