After reports of multiple deaths in violent protests over steep fuel price hikes in Zimbabwe, Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Harare called for restraint by the security forces and protesters.
“Mature political leadership and a recognition of the need to work together for the common good” are essential, he said.
Three people, including a police officer, died in protests on 14th January, which followed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement of a more than 150 per cent rise in the fuel price.
“It’s difficult to get a full picture of what’s happening because the internet is still down and many people haven’t yet been able to return to work,” Archbishop Ndlovu said.
Internet services were cut on 15th January as mobile networks in the southern African nation enforced a government internet shutdown.
Catholics schools in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, were closed, along with most other schools in the country’s cities, “because of parents’ concerns for their children’s safety,” the archbishop said.
Picture: Young people walk past a petrol station closed after protests over steep fuel price hikes on 15th January in Harare, Zimbabwe. (CNS photo/Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters).