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Shutdown finds no takers


Harare (New Ziana) –ZIMBABWEANS on Monday went about their day-to-day business, in a bold re-affirmation of their peace-loving and hard-working nature, ignoring calls by Western-sponsored anti-government activists to stay away from work.

Team Pachedu,social media activists, the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe with the support of failed South African politician Mmusi Maimane called the abortive #ShutDownZimbabwe.

That the failed shut down had the fervent support of Maimane was enough proof that the planned action was a sponsored event meant to incite Zimbabweans to revolt against their government, as confirmed by the Pachedu group in a tweet.

“Zimbabweans stay at home. There is no school tomorrow, keep your kids safe at home.

“If you travel to work or school you may not be able to get back home conveniently and safely, “Team Pachedu tweeted on Sunday.

Opposition activists routinely use such tactics to attract attention on Zimbabwe, which the Government charges feeds into the grand regime change scheme spearheaded by Britain and the United States of America.

But, patriotic and woke Zimbabweans shunned the latest plot meant to destabilise the country putting to shame the West’s relentless, but futile pursuit of regime change in Zimbabwe.

A survey by New Ziana in Harare’s Central Business District showed that it was business as usual, with no reported disturbances.

In an update, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed the peaceful situation across the country.

“The ZRP reports that the situation in the country is normal. The public is urged to report anyone trying to intimidate, harass or threaten members of the public who are peacefully conducting their normal day-to-day activities,” the police said.

“Police are ready to ensure that peace continues to prevail throughout the country.”

An airtime vendor, David Wataka, said staying at home was not an option for him.

“I cannot just stop working for my family just because someone said so on social media. My family needs to eat; the organisers of this stay away will not feed my family if I do not work,” he said.

A clothing boutique owner, who declined to be identified, said she was still counting losses from stock that was looted during 2019, when activists unleashed a wave for violence.

“I know their real intentions are to cause violence and I will not support such activities. If they have issues with the Government they must utilise the proper channels.”

On Thursday last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa warned that Zimbabwe was facing a renewed push for illegal regime change.

Addressing the Zanu PF youth league conference, President Mnangagwa said the renewed assault on the local currency manifesting through the current wave of unjustified price hikes of basic goods and commodities, and exchange rate manipulation was another illegal regime change tool being used by the country’s detractors.

“We are aware that some of our people are working with detractors to bring about regime change through the manipulation of our exchange rate and unjustified price hikes. My Government is seized with this matter and perpetrators will soon be brought to book,” he said.

“I exhort all the youths of Zimbabwe to be vigilant and expose all these deviant malcontents and counter-revolutionaries.”

The local market has seen rapid price increases as businesses chase the parallel market exchange rate which shot up to USD1: ZW$400 and above during the past week.

This is despite the fact that local businesses access foreign currency on the weekly Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe forex auction market, where the exchange rate is currently pegged at USD1: ZW$165.

Eager to see the collapse of the local currency, calls have grown, from opposition and like-minded groupings for the Government to abandon the Zimbabwe Dollar in favour of the United States Dollar, which was previously the dominant legal tender during the multi-currency era.

However, despite the depreciation of the local currency, the Government is sticking to its five-year de-dollarisation roadmap, which details how the economy will transition over the period.

Over the weekend, President Mnangagwa announced several measures to buttress the local currency and stabilise the exchange rate.
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