Updates: #ShutdownZim July 6 2016

We give you updates of the Shut Down Zimbabwe protest. 11: 34 In Pumula South and Old Pumula schools, clinics and shops are closed. Any commuter omnibus seen loading passengers is blocked by residents. They have since barricaded the roads. 11:34 “We have no peace police are making our life miserable. We would rather shut […]

Source: Updates: #ShutdownZim July 6 2016 – NewsDay Zimbabwe

We give you updates of the Shut Down Zimbabwe protest.

11: 34 In Pumula South and Old Pumula schools, clinics and shops are closed. Any commuter omnibus seen loading passengers is blocked by residents. They have since barricaded the roads.

Heavy police presence in Mufakose

Heavy police presence in Mufakose

11:34 “We have no peace police are making our life miserable. We would rather shut off the roads,”a Mufakose resident told our reporters
11:33

Bulawayo update

Police have just arrested about five youths for staging a mini protest in the central business district,demanding that President Robert Mugabe steps down.
One of the arrested youths is Mthokozisi Ncube, the coordinator of the Bulawayo Youths Arise.
The youths sang “Mugabe must go” near the Joshua Mqabuko stature before anti-riot cops in a pick up van arrived and arrested them.
They have been taken to Bulawayo Central Police Station.
As they were being taken to the police station, the youths were singing “Mugabe must go”‘.

Police fire teargas in Mufakose

Police fire teargas in Mufakose

11:20 Commuters traveling into town are having to fork out $2 or more for a trip that normally cost 50 cents

11:19: Follow our twitter hashtag #shutdownzim

News Flash: If you’re in Zimbabwe, you’ve probably noticed that you WhatsApp is not working anymore. Several people have contacted us to inform us that their WhatsApp is not sending or receiving messages anymore. We have made some tests ourselves and can confirm that WhatsApp is not working for us too on any of the 3 mobile networks and ISPs we use.

According to the information we have, WhatsApp is currently not working on the following networks:

TelOne
Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe
ZOL Zimbabwe
Telecel
Econet

Source: TechZim

We have not tested and have not received any information on the other networks so we cannot say at the moment what the situation is with them.

A resident of Mufakose cleans his bloody face after being beaten by police (Pic Elias Mambo)

A resident of Mufakose cleans his bloody face after being beaten by police (Pic Elias Mambo)

10: 50 Running battles in Mufakose between anti riot police and residents.

10:20 Meanwhile at the courts in Harare, few interpreters and magistrates have turned up for work while some suspects and witnesses have been issued with warrants of arrests after failing to turn up for their court appearances.

10:00 A Tombs bus has been reportedly stoned at the Redcliff turn-off along BUlawayo Road and police are now at the scene clearing the road that had been barricaded with stones.

From Mufakose, George Makoni reports: There are running battles between the police and residents at Magandanga area in Mufakose.They have launched teargas ,but the residents are grouping.All schools and shops are closed and kids are excited with the demonstration,they have also joined.No combis and many people are in the streets ,a sign that most people did not go to work

09:20 Bulawayo update

Bulawayo heeds shutdown call as most shops in the central business district and high density suburbs are closed.

Commuter omnibus operators have parked their kombis.

The situation in Bulawayo

The situation in Bulawayo

School children have been sent back home while other schools like St Bernards in Pumula suburb locked its gates.

Choppies shops open, and in some places guarded cops.

No heavy police presence as anticipated. Soldiers doing rounds in suburbs.

09:15 Reports from Kwekwe indicate the town has come to a standstill as there are no commuter omnibuses. Those that commute from the town to work in Gweru are stranded.

In Gweru some shops are closed and business is low. An army water cannon is stationed at a Choppies Supermarket in the CBD, apparently protecting the Vice president Phelekezela Mphokon outlet.

09:00: Armed riot police presence at OK shop at Kamunhu Shopping Centre in Mabvuku.
In Dzivaresekwa there are no people to board a few kombis available while armed police officer with rifles are patrolling the areas

08:45: Harare is so far in a virtual stand-still with Zimbabweans heeding a call by pro-democracy activists to stay-away in a bid to force President Robert Mugabe to find solution to the country’s problems or better still for him and his Zanu PF government to resign enmasse.

Police presence in Glen Norah

Police presence in Glen Norah

OK Machipisa is not open

OK Machipisa is not open

In Glen Norah there were some boulders placed in the road in some parts

In Glen Norah there were some boulders placed in the road in some parts

A general survey by NewsDay journalists around Harare revealed that most shops and industries were closed as many people stayed home.

In Harare’s High density suburbs such as Glen Norah, Mufakose, Machipisa and Mabvuku there is a heavy police presence, shops are closed and virtually no public transport.

The situation is the same in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza with most businesses closed.

The Seke Road flyover, which is usually a hive of activity, is quiet and desolate as people heed the call to #ShutdownZim

The Seke Road flyover, which is usually a hive of activity, is quiet and desolate as people heed the call to #ShutdownZim

Some shops in the city centre are closed

Some shops in the city centre are closed

However more telling for Mugabe and his administration is the fact that the informal sector a haven for Zanu PF activists has also heeded the call. Market stalls across the city are virtually empty with Mabare’s Siyaso, Magaba and Mupedzanhamo also closed.

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COMMENTS

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    Zimbabwean Abroad 6 years ago

    THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!! LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION!!

    Thank you brave Zimbabweans for standing up to Godfather Bob & his Zanu PF Mafia. It was inevitable. The b457476s have no money to pay the civil servants, just loads in their foreign bank accounts. Make sure they are planning their exit strategies, because in this revolution they will all fall, Zimbabweans have had enough, time to do what the Romanians did to Bobs best mate Nicolae Ceaușescu get rid of all of them and put them where they belong, that’s PRISON. Looks like even the Military have had enough, but don’t trust them Zimbabweans, I can see a coup d’etat ordered by the Ngwenya. Be brave fellow Zimbabweans.

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    zakaria madembo 6 years ago

    please notify me with the situation in Zimbabwe today and upwards I am in Mozambique.

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    Zimbabwean Abroad 6 years ago

    THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
    Song by the late great Gil Scott Heron

    You will not be able to stay home, brother
    You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out
    You will not be able to lose yourself on skag
    And skip out for beer during commercials
    Because the revolution will not be televised

    The revolution will not be televised
    The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
    In 4 parts without commercial interruptions
    The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
    Blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John Mitchell
    General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat hog maws
    Confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary
    The revolution will not be televised

    The revolution will not be brought to you by the
    Schaefer Award Theater and will not star Natalie Woods
    And Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia
    The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
    The revolution will not get rid of the nubs
    The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner
    Because the revolution will not be televised, Brother

    There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
    Pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run
    Or trying to slide that color TV into a stolen ambulance
    NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
    Or report from 29 districts
    The revolution will not be televised

    There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
    Brothers on the instant replay
    There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
    Brothers on the instant replay

    There will be no pictures of Whitney Young
    Being run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process
    There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy Wilkens
    Strolling through Watts in a red, black and green
    Liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
    For just the proper occasion

    Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies and Hooter ville Junction
    Will no longer be so damned relevant
    And women will not care if Dick finally gets down with Jane
    On search for tomorrow because black people
    Will be in the street looking for a brighter day
    The revolution will not be televised

    There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock news
    And no pictures of hairy armed women liberationists
    And Jackie Onassis blowing her nose
    The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb
    Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones
    Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink or the Rare Earth
    The revolution will not be televised

    The revolution will not be right back after a message
    About a white tornado, white lightning, or white people
    You will not have to worry about a dove in your bedroom
    The tiger in your tank or the giant in your toilet bowl
    The revolution will not go better with Coke
    The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath
    The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat

    The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised
    Will not be televised, will not be televised
    The revolution will be no re-run brothers
    The revolution will be live

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    A big thank you to Telone for shutting down the internet in solidarity with shutdownzim