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ED Cuts Holiday Short, Returns To Work After Chiwenga Fails To Break Doctors’ Strike

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been forced to cut short his holiday and to return to the office to deal with the health crisis after his deputy, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga failed to break the strike by medical doctors. The strike is now in its fifth week after the doctors downed tools on the 1st of December 2018, citing poor remuneration, poor working conditions and a shortage of essential equipment and medication. The doctors are also demanding to be paid in United States Dollars arguing that inflation had eroded their earnings.

In a statement, the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services said

I have cut short my leave to be in immediate and active consultation with the Acting President in resolving the situation in the Health Sector” President ED Mnangagwa 1/01/2019

Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting@InfoMinZW

“I have cut short my leave to be in immediate and active consultation with the Acting President in resolving the situation in the Health Sector” President ED Mnangagwa 1/01/2019

Despite a number of meetings, the government and doctors have failed to agree on the way forward with each side accusing the other of negotiating in bad faith. Speaking on Tuesday night, Chiwenga who was given the responsibility of overseeing the talks said,

… government is disturbed by the fact that in spite of the many concessions it made to the striking doctors, and the broad agreement reached on all but two issues, the striking health personnel continue to withhold their labour and negotiate in bad faith even though they are designated as an essential service under the Labour Act, and even though government has bent over backwards to accommodate them.

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