Zimbabwe president says 'monumental task' to fix economyStaff Writer | January 17, 2019
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for calm as he vowed to tackle the "monumental task" of fixing the shattered economy.
Africa President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Nationwide protests erupted on Monday after Mnangagwa's announcement that fuel would more than double in price as the country's economic crisis deepens.
Protesters burned a police station, barricaded roads and looted shops in Harare, Kadoma and Bulawayo cities, while security forces responded with rubber bullets and teargas, and allegedly used live ammunition.
"What we have witnessed is violence and vandalism instead of peaceful, legal protests," Mnangagwa said, adding he was on trip to Russia and other countries to secure foreign investment for the country.
Mnangagwa released his statement by Twitter, though the country's internet has been shut down in an apparent attempt to suppress opposition activity and government criticism. ■