The Zimbabwean government’s decision to hike fuel prices has sparked fierce opposition.
- Piers Pigou
- What triggered this explosion of unrest?
In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Senior Consultant Piers Pigou explains how economic hardship is driving ordinary citizens to unprecedented acts of resistance.
On 12 January, in response to persistent fuel shortages compounded by manipulation and mismanagement of a currency crisis, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a fuel price hike of over 200 per cent to $3.31 per litre – making the country’s petrol price the highest in the world.
It is unclear how this move would address the…