Zimbabweans stayed at home on Wednesday and foreign banks and most businesses in the capital shut down, in one of the biggest protests against high unemployment, an acute cash shortage and corruption for nearly a decade.
Evan Mawarire, a pastor whose social media movement #ThisFlag organised the “stay-away”, demanded that President Robert Mugabe fire corrupt cabinet ministers and scrap plans to introduce local bank notes or face a two-day shut-down next week.
Normalcy returned to Zimbabwe Thursday after violent protests saw citizens clash with anti-riot police in several areas around the country Wednesday, but a group calling itself #Tajamuka has warned of more protests in the near future.
Addressing a press conference in Harare Thursday, #Tajamuka spokesperson, Promise Mkwananzi said the Wednesday protests had shaken the corridors of power in the country as evidenced by the immediate payment of civil servants’ salaries.
Zimbabwe’s Public Prosecutor Johannes Tomana has become the latest victim of the infighting in the fractured ruling Zanu PF party after he was suspended from the post and an acting prosecutor general immediately sworn in by President Robert Mugabe Thursday to replace him.
President Mugabe on Thursday swore in Ray Goba as the acting prosecutor along with a tribunal consisting of Moses Chinhengo (chairman) Emmanuel Magede and Melania Matshiya.