Econet says ordered to shut down internet in Zimbabwe
Zimbabweans accuse President Emmerson Mnangagwa of failing to live up to pre-election pledges to kick-start growth, having seen their purchasing power eroded by hyper-inflation, and of resorting to armed forces to crush dissent like strongman predecessor Robert Mugabe.
Authorities have said three people died during protests, which erupted after Mnangagwa’s government decreed a 150 percent hike in fuel prices. Rights groups say the toll was much higher.
The authorities first cut off internet access on Tuesday, before briefly restoring services on Wednesday although media platforms including email, Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter remained blocked throughout. ■