Unkempt, hungry and feeling body pains, Magombeyi says he’s ‘near normal’

Unkempt, hungry and feeling body pains, Magombeyi says he’s ‘near normal’ 1

BULAWAYO – Doctor Peter Magombeyi who went missing on September 14 told reporters he had no visible injuries but had “general body pains” after he was found in Nyabira, 35km northwest of Harare. Magombeyi last spoke to colleagues by WhatsApp at 10.19PM last Saturday, telling them that he was being kidnapped by three men. He called colleagues suddenly on Thursday evening, after days of pressure on the Zimbabwe government by doctors and diplomats, to say he had been dumped by his captors. The Voice of America’s Studio 7 managed to…

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‘I’m in the bush and it’s dark’ – missing doctor Peter Magombeyi found

‘I’m in the bush and it’s dark’ – missing doctor Peter Magombeyi found 3

HARARE – A doctors’ union leader who was reported missing last Saturday has been located in Nyabira, a village 34km northwest of Harare, colleagues said. Dr Peter Magombeyi sent a message to a doctors’ WhatsApp group at 10.19PM on Saturday to say he was being abducted by three men. His phone became unreachable shortly after. His disappearance caused widespread disruption in hospitals after some nurses and senior doctors joined an ongoing strike by junior doctors over low pay. Doctors staged marches in Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru rallying under the slogan,…

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Doctors march to parliament after court says police actions unlawful

Doctors march to parliament after court says police actions unlawful 5

HARARE – Over 200 doctors joined by other health workers marched from Parirenyatwa Hospital to parliament on Thursday to protest against the disappearance of the leader of their union. The march was allowed after the High Court ruled on Thursday that police should not interfere, after law enforcement agents blocked two previous demonstrations. The doctors had sought to march to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s offices and parliament to present petitions after Peter Magombeyi, the leader of the Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association, went missing. ZHDA represents junior and middle level doctors at…

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Doctors say they are receiving death threats from state security agents

Doctors say they are receiving death threats from state security agents 8

HARARE – Striking doctors said on Wednesday they were being threatened with death and suspected state security agents were pressuring them. Peter Magombeyi, president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) and one of the organisers of an ongoing strike to demand higher wages for state doctors because of soaring living costs, disappeared on Saturday night. ZHDA represents junior and middle level doctors at public hospitals. “As health professionals we are being threatened by security elements. Both nurses and doctors are regularly being told that resisting what the government offers…

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Riot police block doctors from marching to Parliament, standoff ensues

Riot police block doctors from marching to Parliament, standoff ensues 10

HARARE — Doctors protesting the abduction of a union leader have been met by a line of police in Harare as fears grow about government repression. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association says its president Peter Magombeyi was abducted on Saturday after calling for a pay strike. Magombeyi left home in Budiriro, a suburb of Harare, after 8PM on September 14 saying he was going for a prayer meeting, colleagues say. At 10.19PM on the same night, he sent a message to a WhatsApp group for doctors saying he was being…

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Chamisa, diplomats crank up pressure on Mnangagwa over missing doctor

Chamisa, diplomats crank up pressure on Mnangagwa over missing doctor 13

HARARE -Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa on Monday pointed an accusing finger at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime following the abduction of the doctors’ union president. Chamisa accused Mnangagwa of presiding over a paranoid regime which abducts critics and trade unionists, saying it was proof that he “lacks consent to govern.” “I pray for the return of Dr Peter Magombeyi, the president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association who was abducted on Saturday night. We can’t build a united nation when our doctors are underpaid and abducted when…

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Doctors march through Harare, petition Mnangagwa over missing colleague

Doctors march through Harare, petition Mnangagwa over missing colleague 15

HARARE – Hundreds of Zimbabwean doctors protested in central Harare on Monday over the disappearance of the leader of their union, but riot police blocked them from marching to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office. Peter Magombeyi, president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), was one of the organisers of an ongoing strike to demand higher wages for state doctors because of soaring living costs, before he disappeared on Saturday night. ZHDA represents mainly junior doctors at public hospitals. His colleagues have alleged he was abducted by the security services in…

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DR Congo ex-health minister arrested for ’embezzling Ebola funds’: police

DR Congo ex-health minister arrested for ’embezzling Ebola funds’: police 17

Former DR Congo health minister Oly Ilunga has been arrested over allegations he embezzled public funds to tackle the Ebola epidemic, police said on Saturday. Oly Ilunga resigned as DR Congo’s health minister in July after being removed as head of the country’s Ebola response team (Picture by AFP) Ilunga, who resigned as health minister in July after being removed as head of the country’s Ebola response team, was detained while hiding in an apartment in the capital Kinshasa ahead of a bid to flee the country, officers said. He…

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Doctors’ leader abducted from home in night raid, union says

Doctors’ leader abducted from home in night raid, union says 18

HARARE – The leader of the doctors’ union was abducted from his home on Saturday night, colleagues said. Peter Magombeyi, president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), was seized by three men just days after receiving threats on his phone. The incident allegedly took place in Budiriro, a suburb of Harare. The ZHDA said Magombeyi sent an “alarming message” just after 10PM and since then “efforts to reach him have been fruitless”. “This is a huge blow to the association and our profession,” the doctors said. “Every doctor in…

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Madinda out of ICU

Madinda out of ICU 20

On Sep 12, 2019 25,514 By Sikhumbuzo Moyo ZIMBABWEAN football legend Madinda Ndlovu is now out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he has been at a Botswana private hospital after collapsing while conducting a training session on Saturday. Madinda Ndlovu The legendary former Highlanders winger and coach is also now able to recognise people and speak, albeit slowly, as doctors continue monitoring his amazing recovery. The Gaborone United coach is now set to undergo speech therapy and rehabilitation. The Chronicle Source: Nehanda Radio

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