INSTANT messaging app WhatsApp experienced downtime on mobile networks in Zimbabwe today as nationwide protest action continued.

This hardly ever happens in the country, fuelling the suspicion that the government is behind the shutdown.


Zimbabweans took to Twitter to express outrage over the crash of WhatsApp and to share pictures of the strike online.

Public outrage has recently reached boiling point over government corruption, delayed salaries for civil servants and the huge number of police roadblocks in the country.

Unpaid teachers and nurses have downed tools, shutting down schools and limiting the services available at public hospitals.

This comes on the back of protests in Beitbridge at the weekend over import restrictions.

Harare, the capital, was also rocked by protests in the public transport sector with workers in the sector bringing the city to a standstill.

Government officials were still claiming it is business as usual. However, Zimbabwean newspaper Daily News reported that a “nervous Zanu PF” was today convening an emergency politburo meeting.

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