Mnangagwa threatens to ‘deal’ with doctors

Source: Mnangagwa threatens to ‘deal’ with doctors | The Standard (Local News)

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday threatened to “deal” with striking doctors, claiming they were being paid by unknown organisations to continue with their job boycott.

Doctors at government hospitals have been on strike since September demanding salaries pegged in United States dollars and improved working conditions.

Mnangagwa told a Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators (Ziliwaco) meeting in Harare that doctors had spurned all government efforts to improve their salaries.

He said he now had intelligence that the ring leaders of the crippling strike were being paid.

“We were told by our security agents that there are some people, who are being paid to strike, but the rest were just following,” he said.

“We saw the church bishops together with my vice presidents and we gave them a 48 hour moratorium to come back to work without any questions but only 46 doctors heeded the call.”

Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba last week accused human rights lawyer Douglas Coltart of facilitating payments for the striking doctors.

The allegations were first made by people running ghost accounts on Twitter who often target government critics on social media. Coltart has since dismissed the allegations as baseless

Mnangagwa said some doctors that he met last week also told them they were influenced by Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association leaders to go on strike.

“Two days ago we met some of the doctors they told us that they were influenced by others to go on strike and they told me that they have discovered that they were being used by their colleagues who were getting the money to go on strike but we will deal with them soon,” he said.

State media last week said some doctors claimed the ZDHA had been “captured” by foreign organisations.

The doctors now fear the allegations could be used as an excuse to launch a clampdown against them.

In September when the doctors went on strike, ZDHA acting president Peter Magombeyi was abducted by suspected state security agents.

In the past, Mnangagwa has threatened to deal with doctors and lawyers that assist activists during anti-government protests.

Meanwhile, Ziliwaco leader Pupurai Togarepi urged Mnangagwa to fire all civil servants that do not want to work with Zanu PF.

The Zanu PF youth league boss said Mnangagwa must work with those who believe in his vision and must dismiss those against the party’s vision.

Mnangagwa, however, seemed to be brushing aside Togarepi’s suggestion, saying he would work with everyone he inherited from the late Robert Mugabe.

“If you arrived at home and found several dogs some of which are not yours just take them and go hunting because no one knows whose owners they are,” he said.

“We will continue to use them because they are at my home.”

Some Zanu PF provincial structures want the ruling party conference set for Goromonzi next week to adopt a policy that will force civil servants to show loyalty to Mnangagwa.

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    Ndonga 7 months ago

    So, ED is going “to deal with” our striking doctors because there are imaginary people paying them to strike.

    He had, of course, to match the angry threats made against our doctors by his number two (a real number two) Chiwenga. And these Chiwenga threats were made against our medical doctors after he magically rose from the dead after his Zimbabwe Treasury breaking long four-month hospital stay in faraway countries.

    When I read this article, I immediately thought of that mental health condition called paranoia which I now see from the web is defined as, “á mental condition characterised by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance”.

    And his parable about finding strange dogs at his home which he then used for hunting is interesting. Are we to believe from this that anyone helping ED to break our doctor’s withdrawal of their labour is a dog?

    Yes, ED has been attacked by Paranoia. But has he not been a mad man since he organised Gukurahundi leaving 20 000 plus victims to torment his soul?

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    Mukanya 7 months ago

    Whenever Zanu PF fails there is always please note ” a foreign hand”.

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    Saddened 7 months ago

    Calling those that do not follow ZANU mantra “dogs” is not the way forward. Seems he might have branded those demonstrating “rabid dogs” and had them shot

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    Ndiroyemuti 7 months ago

    It is time for doctors to pack and leave that horrible country. There is nothing to wait for. Shame. There are jobs for you all over guys. They promised to deal with you. It means just one thing. Run for your dear lives.