The Davos ably representative, Minister Mthuli Ncube thinks last week’s protests were not a result of abrupt fuel price increase while ED admits that he was aware that his measures were not going to be popular with many.

Mthuli is convinced protests were a pre-planned fracas

President Mnangagwa abandoned Davos commitments to rush back home to a burning country. ED went on to task Minister of Finance to take the load on his behalf. During an interview with CNN, Mthuli Ncube highlighted that these protests were a planned fracas. “What really triggered the rebellion or whatever in the streets was not the fuel price, this  was pre-planned, these are the facts.” Said Professor. He went on to back his argument by saying the new fuel prices were not far away from the prices being charged on the parallel fuel market that had emerged.  According to Mthuli, these price increases were just a fraction of other major issues.

ED denounces violence

ED’s first address yesterday focused on denouncing violence. He acknowledged that citizens are entitled to protests but only if they are peaceful. “I was aware that these measures may not be popular, and this was not a decision we took lightly. But it was the right thing to do. What followed was regrettable and tragic. Everyone has the right to protest, but this was not a peaceful protest.” Tweeted the head of state.

ED and Mthuli on different pages

The President seems to be in agreement with the fact he is responsible for last week’s inferno. Unfortunately, the ‘ably’ minister does not share the same sentiment as his leader. This is one of the rare occasions where the subordinate tries to sanctify the leader but leader chooses to be honest and realistic.

The Zimbabwean public has been facing numerous challenges that could trigger protests. The move made by ED to increase the prices of the scarce oil among many grievances triggered an outrage that was long overdue.