Harare — Zimbabwe’s government on Monday night revealed that an unconfirmed number of people had died in protests that erupted in the country over President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement of a fuel-price hike. The government blamed the opposition MDC Alliance for the violent protests, the worst since last August’s post-election chaos. The opposition, led by the popular Nelson Chamisa, on the other hand, blamed the government as its headquarters were set alight in Harare. Unconfirmed reports indicated that the five people could have died after soldiers and armed police fired live ammunition on the protesters. Early on Monday morning Business Day witnessed trucks ferrying soldiers that were ostensibly being deployed to the high-density areas of Kuwadzana, Epworth, Glen View Chitungwiza and Mbare that have been identified as the hotspots for the riots. The country’s largest labour union, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) called for a three-day stayaway starting on Monday ...

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