Gas price hikes spur violent protests in Zimbabwe

Revolt and repression in Zimbabwe Crisis Group Mail & Guardian January 19, 2019

“On January 12, in response to persistent fuel shortages compounded by manipulation and mismanagement of a currency crisis, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a fuel price hike of over 200% to $3.31 per litre — making the country’s petrol price the highest in the world….Control over the country’s fuel supply is in the hands of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), and the huge financial benefits that come with it are reportedly causing factional rivalry. There is widespread public speculation that the shortages are caused by inter-elite squabbles or even deliberately engineered. “

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