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13 Jan 2019 | 06:27 PM UTC

Zimbabwe: Union calls for strike to protest rise in fuel prices Jan. 13

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Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions calls for nationwide strike starting on January 13 to protest a planned increase in fuel prices

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Harare). COUNTRY/REGION Zimbabwe

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Event

On Sunday, January 13, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the country's largest trade union confederation, called for a nationwide strike to be held starting on Sunday to protest a planned increase in fuel prices. On Saturday, January 12, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced on national television that gasoline and diesel fuel prices could increase by more than 100 percent in the coming weeks to tackle decreasing fuel supplies. Demonstrations are possible in urban centers throughout the country in the coming days. A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in the vicinity of any gathering.

Context

Nationwide fuel shortages have been ongoing over the past month due to importers' inability to secure foreign currency amid a long-running currency crisis. The country has been experiencing a deteriorating economic situation for more than a year, due in part to a lack of liquidity.

Advice

Individuals present in Zimbabwe are advised to fill up vehicle tanks whenever gasoline is available, ensure a sufficient level of fuel reserves before embarking on long journeys, and postpone nonessential travel until the situation stabilizes. It is also advisable to be vigilant at gas stations, where confrontations between drivers are possible. Furthermore, individuals are advised to closely monitor developments to the situation and avoid any associated protests due to the risk of violence. Those planning travel to the country are advised to bring a sufficient reserve of US dollars.

 

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