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ZANU-PF linked political activist Acie Lumumba has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa that he risks being fired by the people of Zimbabwe if he does not fire his advisors.

Lumumba said this in the wake of up to a 47% hike in fuel price announced by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) on Tuesday morning.

“I was really enjoying time away from politics but WTF are the President’s advisors advising him? If you don’t starting firing your advisors it is you we are going to fire,” Lumumba, real name Gerald Mutumanje, has said.

“Fuel increase is here to stay and it will be followed by all other prices,” Mutumanje added.

“The reason stations are not pouring is administrative, ZIMRA can’t effect the new duty without an SI. So for now you wait in line till ZIMRA gets the SI that allows systems to change. 

“How should you be feeling right now? Exactly how you are feeling right now. That feeling will lead us to the solution. When one problem is fixed, a new one is created, tinchingodaro tinchingodaro! New F* disaster. Chaora chinhu ichi!”

LEAD president Linda Masarira also warned that the escalating price of fuel might cause civil unrest in the country.

“Fuel is a critical commodity for the state. Allowing market forces to determine the price of fuel is not the solution to the fuel crisis at hand. These fuel price hikes are a state security threat, it will cause food, rent price hikes, inflation, erosion of salaries and civil unrest.

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“The trick to solving the fuel crisis is to liberalize fuel importation and supply into the country before making any change in the pricing variants. As a nation we should not rely on one pipe line for supply.

“Since our government has decided to escalate our poverty to another level, it is now time the “have nots” to restore economic sanity & liberate ourselves from poverty. We will not allow the fuel cartels, corrupt government officials and sweetheart opposition parties to destroy us,” Masarira said.

She also dismissed the move by State-owned transporter Zupco to reduce fares by half, saying the move was not sustainable.

“Even this so called operation restore sanity is not sustainable. We will restore our own sanity as the suffering masses in Zimbabwe. On a lighter note: It’s now cheap to hire Zupco than taxi.

“Taxi fare from Harare town to Budiriro now $70 RTGS, while hiring the Zupco bus for the same trip will cost a single commuter 0.50×75 seats = $37.50 RTGS. It won’t work.”

In January, President Mnangagwa increased the price of fuel and there was massive violent protests that were followed by a brutal state crackdown leading to the death of at least 17 citizens, while hundreds were jailed.

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