THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) managed successfully to stop the demonstrations that were organized by the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC-A) in Bulawayo, today, a few days after the illegal Harare demonstrations organized by the opposition, in the capital.
News filtering from the ‘City of Kings’ via different media platforms showed policeman on horse backs, while the armored anti-riot vehicles patrolled the streets with a few citizens in site.
Many shops were reportedly closed in the early part of the morning with OK and Choppies the major ones opening their doors for the general public, while the small shops only managed to open after mid-day, but it was otherwise business as usual.
The opposition has lined up a number of what they called ‘peaceful demonstrations’ to protect the ever continuing deterioration of the economy under President Emmerson Mnangwagwa’s watch.
Many people were injured in the Harare demonstrations, while a reported 90 plus were arrested by the ZRP for demonstrating, illegally.
Since then, the ZRP has been on high alert, as they have installed check points and road blocks along all major roads that lead into the city centre.
Zimbabweans are having to bear the rising costs of living as fuel prices are increasing on a weekly basis, while new electricity tariffs are also ear marked to increase.
The general Zimbabwean has had to cope with the high cost of living, as basic commodities such as bread, milk, soap, and a host of others are fetching prices beyond the reach of many, while transport costs have been on the rise weekly. However, the re-introduction of the Zimbabwe Passenger Company into the fray – with much cheaper rates has somewhat cushioned commuters – though many continue to question why ZUPCO should be allowed to operate at a loss.