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For the second time in four months, the authorities in Zimbabwe have raised the price of fuel.
In January 2019, there were violent protests in the country’s biggest cities when petrol prices more than doubled, making them the most expensive in the world.
This time around, prices have have been hiked up by a further 50%.
Authorities say they have simply removed fuel subsidies as Zimbabwe struggles to source foreign currency to pay for fuel and electricity imports.
In a tweet, Ministry of Finance official George Guvamatanga said the government has reduced the tax to be paid on fuel to avoid higher price rises.
Government has reduced duty on fuel from $2.30 to $1.15 (petrol) and $2.05 to 90 cents for diesel. This adjustment has been factored into the new fuel prices. Finance Ministry Perm Sec @GGuvamatanga talks about this and more on @ZBCNewsonline Face the Nation programme tonight. pic.twitter.com/PSFb7szYPB
— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) May 21, 2019
For the majority of Zimbabweans whose salaries have not kept up with inflation, this means food and transport costs will become even more difficult to meet.
When President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over power in 2017, he promised a new era of prosperity.
Many here now fear a return to the dark years under the former leader Robert Mugabe.Source: BBC