Zimbabwe telecoms ‘jammed’ after violent protests: report

A police officer removes tyres set by protesters during a “stay-away” demonstration against the doubling of fuel prices on January 14, 2019 in Emakhandeni township, Bulawayo. (Photo by Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP)

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s mobile phone networks and internet were partially shut down on Tuesday following protests, with one industry source saying the systems had been jammed and many users complaining of limited access.

“The telecom systems have been jammed. We don’t have the equipment to do it – so you can guess who did it,” the employee at a Zimbabwe mobile service provider in Harare told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Violent protests broke out on Monday over fuel price increase.

Several people have reportedly been killed, but exact numbers have not been confirmed.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the shock price hikes for petrol and diesel on Saturday.

From: Zimbabwe telecoms ‘jammed’ after violent protests: report (ENCA)

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    Jonsina 3 years ago

    Boys in govt I want to express my disappointment that you had to bunch me with ordinary folks when you switched off communications. There must be military-grade channel for us guys. The experience reminded me of my strategic studies course,you know, modern warfare preps. Include storage of processed strategic minerals, testing expedited industrial production capacity, suppression of information etc. I wish there is dialogue at political level for sake of lasting progress.