Zimbabwean doctors protest ZHDA president’s abduction

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A group of Zimbabwean doctors marched at the country’s biggest hospital Sunday, demanding the release of one of their leaders who they say was abducted after calling for a pay strike, says an IoL report. Several government critics, including a comedian and a teachers’ union leader, have in recent weeks been abducted from their homes, tortured and warned by suspected state security agents to back off from anti-government actions.

The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association is quoted in the report as saying its president Peter Magombeyi was abducted Saturday, days after receiving threats on his phone Magombeyi sent a message Saturday night alerting colleagues that three unidentified men were forcibly taking him away, said Masimba Ndoro, vice president of the association, which represents hundreds of newly qualified doctors who are doing their residencies.

Police spokesman Paul Nyathi said he was yet to receive details of the case.

The report says Magombeyi had complained of the poor state of Zimbabwe’s hospitals and staffers’ low salaries in interviews with several foreign journalists. The doctors, who earn less than $40 a month, are demanding a review of their salaries and allowances.

IoL report

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