WhatsApp Outrage In Zimbabwe As Protests Intensify

Zimbabweans woke up to no WhatsApp connectivity through their mobile phones on Wednesday, a rare occurrence in the country over the past few years.

The unavailability of WhatsApp coincided with nationwide protests which has fueled suspicion that government asked telcos to cut WhatsApp connectivity.

Econet Wireless, the biggest of Zimbabwe’s three mobile operators, confirmed around midday on Wednesday that WhatsApp was down on its network.

Econet, though, did not disclose the reason for the downtime.

“Econet would like to confirm that WhatsApp is currently down. We will notify you once it is working again,” Econet’s customer care department said in numerous Twitter responses to subscribers.

There was no clarification from NetOne and Telecel Zimbabwe, the other mobile operators in Zimbabwe.

However, other subscribers on these networks also complained that they were struggling to access WhatsApp on the networks.

Although WhatsApp has been down in Zimbabwe since early Wednesday, Facebook and Twitter platforms were working well.