South Africa gone down the Zimbabwe route.


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Grootste telecomprovider Zimbabwe offline na 'verzoek overheid' | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op

Cloggie News said:
Econet Wireless, de grootste telecomprovider van Zimbabwe, zegt dat het gedwongen is om voorlopig zijn activiteiten stil te leggen na een verzoek van de overheid.

Het Zuid-Afrikaanse land heeft deze week te maken met hevige protesten tegen een verdubbeling van de benzineprijs. Ook protesteren inwoners tegen het economische beleid van president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Dinsdag werd internet van Econet in Zimbabwe al platgelegd. Critici vermoeden dat de Zimbabwaanse overheid met de actie burgers toegang tot sociale media wil ontzeggen, in een poging om de protesten de kop in te drukken.

"We hebben opnieuw het bevel gekregen om het internet compleet plat te leggen tot we nadere instructies krijgen", zegt Econet vrijdag in een verklaring. "Onze juridisch deskundigen adviseren dat we ons aan het verzoek moeten houden tot een rechter zich heeft uitgesproken over zijn legitimiteit."

Bij de protesten zijn voor zover bekend drie mensen om het leven gekomen, waaronder een politieagent.
And directly translated to the language of the colonialist oppressors:
"Zimbabwe's largest telecom provider, Econet Wireless, says it is forced to suspend its activities for the time being after a government request.

This week the South African country has to deal with fierce protests against a doubling of the gas price. Residents also protest against the economic policies of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

On Tuesday, Econet's internet in Zimbabwe was laid down. Critics suspect that the Zimbabwean government is trying to deny access to social media action, in an attempt to push the protests down.

"We have again been given the order to completely lay the Internet down until we get further instructions," Econet says in a statement on Friday. "Our legal experts advise that we should stick to the request until a judge has expressed his legitimacy."

As far as is known, three people have been killed in the protests, including a police officer."

Smart move by the current dictator.


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Cuts - my (recent) reading of the Rhodesia fiasco is that it was, at the end, the Conservative government which at Lancaster House finally sold Rhodesia down the river. There is a longer version, but ultimately it was Thatcher acting on Carrington's advice. Shameful.
The box ticking true enough, but by that time the Soviet, I mean Wilson's plan had already been set in action.

Those that were shouting loudest against that terrible country of Rhodesia were of a different religion.


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We know where that comes from.

And it's continued imposition, albeit in a slightly different form, is kept in place in the same way.


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The slow steady decline of former colonies throughout the Continent is of course indicative of...nothing.
It's indicative of the terrible state the colonists left them in.


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Where is the outrage so loudly displayed by the west when localised incidents of black on black violence were put down by the authorities of the old SA regime? Countrywide chaos and murder by the authorities in Zim and any reports on western media appear to be an afterthought and quickly brushed aside.

Dear Family and Friends,
This has been one of the worst weeks in Zimbabwe for many years and has left us shocked, frightened and very uncertain about what is happening and what lies ahead for us in the coming days and weeks. I am writing this letter from Zimbabwe during a brief window in which a court order has just been granted to re-open access to the internet but not to social media sites and communication Apps. We all know this window to the world will not last.

It has been almost impossible to follow what has been going on for most of this week. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday it was mostly too dangerous for people to venture out of their homes. A three day stayaway called by the Congress of Trade Unions and other civic groups rapidly spiraled out of control on Monday: violent protests, burning vehicles and buildings, looting shops, barricaded roads and vigilante groups running riot in our towns and cities. Many people reported hearing gun shots, helicopters hovering and pillars of black smoke rising. On Monday and early on Tuesday many thousands of messages about what was going on and what people were seeing, flooded social media, along with horrific pictures and videos showing destruction, looting, injured and dead people and a massive crackdown by police and soldiers. By about 9.00 am on Tuesday morning the government ordered the internet to be shut down and then we were in the dark about what was going on, and so was the world. The silence of our phones and computers was very frightening. We had no way of knowing who was in trouble, who needed help, if it was safe to go out, if we’d be able to get back home if we did venture out; if our children at school were OK, if our friends in other parts of the country were OK.

By Wednesday we heard that over 600 people had been arrested including Pastor Evan Mawarire who led the This Flag movement in 2017. We still don’t know officially how many people have died in the past few days. We have heard that doctors handled 68 gunshot wounds and over 170 injuries. There are thousands of stories and eye witness accounts that cannot be told now.

On Thursday and Friday people have ventured out, restocked as many groceries as they can find and afford and about 50% of shops are still closed. In my home town today there are riot police and armed soldiers on the streets, outside the supermarkets that are open and at the road blocks out of town. The sight of armed soldiers in our towns is very un-nerving. There are big gaps on supermarket shelves where goods have not been restocked because delivery trucks have not been coming from Harare. Vegetables and perishable goods are in short supply, there is no bread and we have not had water for a week. During ongoing internet blackouts we are unable to use our bank cards at many outlets as they require internet connections; we cannot pay for essential services, cannot pay wages, cannot contact our families, cannot keep up with national developments.

We do not know what next week holds for us, we do not know what tomorrow holds; we do not even know if the internet will still be on by tomorrow morning. The silencing of our voices is very chilling. Please keep Zimbabwe in your hearts, thoughts and prayers in this very frightening time in our country. I will write again when I can and thank you for reading these letters and my books about life in Zimbabwe, until next time, love cathy. 18 January 2019. Copyright © Cathy Buckle 2019.


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Does anyone have a graph showing how much UK taxpayers' money has been sent to Zim year on year?

The letter above shows how much everything has improved since Bad Bob handed over.
More improvement. The likes of that Hain creature must be so proud.

A Zimbabwean's flight into exile: A voice inside me said 'Run'

Thandekile Moyo 18 Jan 2019 00:00
Protests over economic hardships, fuelled by the 150% rise in the petrol price (above), led to security forces being deployed.

Fearing for her life, outspoken commentator Thandekile Moyo fled Zimbabwe this week with little more than the change in her pocket

My name is Thandekile Moyo. I come from Zimbabwe. I was born and bred in Zimbabwe.
In all my 34 years there, I have never known peace. I grew up in Matebeleland, where in the minds of my parents, older siblings and friends, memories of the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres were still fresh.

We inherited a profound fear of soldiers. Whenever we saw or heard a military vehicle on our way from school, we would all scurry into the bushes and hide. Hundreds of children in little maroon uniforms, all living on high alert.

I went to university in 2003, when the economy was well on its way down. My cousin and I would have to smile and “chat up” motorists who gave us lifts to campus, just so we didn’t have to pay for transport. In my final years, students would go for days without eating. We lived on a prayer.

Through all this, I noticed the lavish lifestyles of Zanu-PF children and those close to power. Their lunchboxes were always filled to the brim. They were brought to school in their Mercedes Benzes, they had cellular phones and they spoke with a twang. We called them “amasalads” — those who were privileged enough to eat salad at home. Not all amasalads were Zanu-PF kids, but most were.

This taught me about inequality. As an adult, I learned that most of it was linked to corruption. And I detest it. Because I have never known peace and because I have learnt that my struggles over the years were man-made, I deplore injustice of any kind. Injustice against each other at both the personal level and the mass injustice by the powers-that-be against their populations.

Last Saturday, Emmerson Mnangagwa, president of Zimbabwe, announced yet another injustice: a 150% increase in the fuel price. To compound the insult, he insisted that the bond note — the pseudo currency introduced by the administration of former president Robert Mugabe — was valued at 1:1 with the US dollar. This is a lie that has impoverished Zimbabweans and brought the economy to its knees, allowing the politically connected to profit while devastating the savings of ordinary people.

In response to the fuel hike, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions called for a nationwide stayaway. I was in full support, and participated in the accompanying demonstrations in Bulawayo. The crowd was excited, yes, but peaceful. Imagine my horror when the riot police came with their batons and their teargas — a modus operandi repeated across the country.

The city’s high-density areas turned into a war zone. It felt like teargas was being thrown at everyone, everywhere. My friend’s eight-week-old niece is battling for her life after a canister of teargas was thrown into their home.

The government of Zimbabwe blamed the protests on opposition parties and civil society. I received a tip-off that my name was on the list of “troublesome internet activists”. A few days earlier I had appeared on Al Jazeera, commenting about the unjust fuel price hike: little did I know that this, along with my outspoken tweets, had made me an enemy of the state.

On Tuesday 15, at 8.46am, my messages stopped delivering. I could not access my Twitter. I switched my wi-fi on and off. No luck. I tried mobile data; still no luck. The government had shut down the internet. A voice inside me said: “Run!”

I have always known just how dangerous the Mnangagwa government is. But I have never entertained the idea of being afraid of them. I was so contemptuous of their disrespect for humanity, human rights and human life that I had always refused to be governed by just how dangerous they are. So when my instinct said run, I wasn’t sure how to respond.

I decided to take a bath and clean my room as I contemplated what to do. I slowly realised that I was preparing to leave: I was putting my house in order in preparation for an indefinite absence.

I checked whether I could get a flight anywhere. All systems at the airport were down. The only option was road travel.

Only one problem: I had no money. I had about R120. I decided to just go. I would see. I threw my laptop and a few toiletries in my handbag and went to knock on my dad’s door. What was I going to say to him?

I went to the kitchen, gulped down a few shots of gin and felt ready to face the old man. I said to him: “Look dad, the internet has been shut down. I am extremely vocal on Twitter and my instinct is telling me to go. I could be a target.”

My heart breaks as I think of how shocked he was, and how he tried to hide the shock from me. He is not on Twitter, you see.

“Do you have money?” he asked. I lied and said “yes”. He gave me everything he had in his pocket: $4 (R55). He offered to transfer money into my mobile money account, but I said: “Don’t worry Dad, I’m good.” I was afraid he’d need that money because all the shops and the banks were closed.

I couldn’t tell him where I was going. It was the only way. I called my brother to say goodbye, but didn’t reveal my plans to him. I don’t know whether they’ve told my mum yet. Part of me hopes they haven’t. It’s her 60th birthday this week; I don’t know whether she’ll be able to handle it.

So here I am, in exile and afraid. Not for myself, but for my people. Zimbabwe is imprisoned by very dangerous men.

When Mnangagwa announced the fuel hike, he was flanked by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga and Cabinet Minister Perence Shiri. All three of them have been implicated in the Gukurahundi massacre.

Are they now, under cover of the internet blackout, unleashing similar horrors? This is my fear. Pray for Zimbabwe.
Sadly, if she's run to SA it's just delaying things for her. You've got to wonder if those former and current supporters of both regimes are regretting their votes to keep the despots in power.
Where is the outrage so loudly displayed by the west when localised incidents of black on black violence were put down by the authorities of the old SA regime? Countrywide chaos and murder by the authorities in Zim and any reports on western media appear to be an afterthought and quickly brushed aside.
On a similar note, where is the, media coverage, outcry, interviews, calls for govt. intervention on the current and ongoing (weekly) murder of White.....

Oh yes of course, silly me.

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