Zimbabwe soldiers patrol streets after deadly protests

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The government more than doubled petrol prices at the weekend after months of shortages that saw drivers queuing for hours to fill up.

The main labour alliance, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has called for a three-day stay-at-home strike as it said the government had shown a clear lack of empathy for the already overburdened poor.

He also said the government can not increase salaries for public workers like doctors and school teachers. "We will lead and stand ready to play a key role in finding a lasting solution".

FIVE people reportedly died while 24 others were injured as police clashed with protesters across the country yesterday as anger over the worsening economic crisis spilled onto the streets with business, warning government that "the house is burning".

"It's time to mobilise every person who truly loves Zimbabwe". Those in government may not admit it but they know in their hearts that they have failed.

The president's announcement came after fuel shortages which began in October past year worsened in recent weeks with motorists sometimes spending nights in fuel pump queues that stretch for kilometres.

Cash shortages have plunged the southern African nation's economy into disarray, threatening widespread social unrest and undermining Mnangagwa's efforts to win back foreign investors sidelined under his predecessor Robert Mugabe.

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In announcing the new pricing regime, Mnangagwa said the new fuel prices are predicated on the need to keep fuel retailers viable.

"Following the persistent shortfall in the fuel market attributable to increased fuel usage in the economy, and compounded by rampant illegal currency and fuel trading activities, government has today decided on the following corrective measures", he said.

"I am not a politician and neither am I an economist but you don't need a rocket scientist to tell you that we are now headed for the worst following the fuel price madness", said William Masuku, 32, a auto dealer in Bulawayo, the country's second largest city.

The president's announcement came after fuel shortages which began in October past year worsened in recent weeks with motorists sometimes spending nights in fuel pump queues that stretch for kilometres.

"Details on the exact form the rebate system will take will be announced in due course... and given these cost mitigations and incentives, the government does not expect, and will not allow, businesses to trigger a new round of price increases". Mnangagwa is making his first visit to Moscow since becoming president.

While a 40-day doctors strike ended last week, teachers remain on strike and civil servants have also threatened industrial action.

Mnangagwa also announced that foreigners will have to pay in foreign exchange for their fuel. Mnangagwa is yet to meet Putin to explore new opportunities for cooperation between the two countries.

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