By Nevson Mpofu
President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa left the country for Russia at 1 am on Monday 14 early this week leaving the country’s crisis increasing its ticking time bomb finally to a blast. The hell of crisis closed business across the country as political ferments ravaged the already ailing economy with inflation rising to 50%.
However, some sections of business are operating at a low ebb while some are still gripped by the aftermath strong fear of political violence. By Thursday and Friday a few small scale traders braved the chilly atmosphere while big ones like OK, Spar, TM and others among them Private business organisations remained closed.
Millions of workers in all sectors of the economy , civil servants and those in the private , and public corporations stayed out of their jobs after knuckling down to calls by Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions since Monday .
The stay-away was also ignited by Tadjamuka a suspected MDC-T plug-ugly gang which is down-sizing ZANU-PF and the Country Leader Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Government. Horde of cars, buses and Infrastructure were burnt to pathetic ashes, goods looted in shops in all the main cities of Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru.
A number of several people have been left maimed and some a number yet to be allegedly confirmed killed. Among these are seven police officers and a substantial number of civilians who were shot while protesting in Harare’s city centre and high density suburbs.
All the main highways linking the city of Harare are not busy as usual. On the first three days of the mayhem, no vehicles were on the roads. Only vehicles of soldiers and police officers and a few are seen here and there. The central Business Districts of all cities are not at work as usual as the hot blast of the clash between police, soldiers and civilians goes on.
Peter Mutasa President of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the contributor to this mayhem said the chaos is meant to resolve the pathetic situation of the ailing economy. The final ignition sparked when the President Mnangagwa announced on the State Media ZTV that the price of fuel had increased.
‘’People have been angered by the statement which sent shivers through-out the whole country. Just imagine, prices are increasing every day without even notice. We now have petrol and diesel prices which has increased from 1 dollar 40 cents and 1 dollar 45 cents per litre to 3 dollars 20 cents and 3 dollars 30 cents a litre respectively.
‘’The sharp increase of fuel has sparked all this we see today. All prices have gone high as well. The nation is stuck now. Workers cannot afford a fare of between 6 dollars to 12 dollars a trip a day, to and from.
‘’They have families relying on them. They also want to eat at work. Salaries are not revised yet we see this every day. Everything going beyond human control is not even controlled. It means, we do not have a leader in this country.
‘’ This has caused other prices to soar as now is the culture of the business world. There are no solutions from himself Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Government. He has run out of the country because of this mayhem crippling the economy’’, he said.
MDC-Alliance is still threatening that the stay away which has risen to anarchy shall go on until there is a response to solve the problem. A source in MDC-Alliance refuted facts that MDC-Alliance are the ones responsible for breaking shops, looting and burning infrastructure and property.
‘’Remember, people are very angry. Anarchy is being caused by the people as a whole, in fact those in ZANU PF are also involved. This is a battle not to blame one side of the political party. Let us move on like how it is. We are now in the really battle’’, What we want to see is Mnangagwa out of office immediately like how he did to Mugabe’’, said the source Livingstone Chireya .
ZANU-PF leadership contacted by Pan-African Visions refused to give a comment referring all questions to MDC-Alliance which they painted as the main trouble causer of the escalating problems. Many of them have gone into hiding.