Medical doctors from Harare and Bulawayo have joined forces to demonstrate against the abduction of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association president, Dr Peter Magombeyi and have vowed that they will not return to work until he is found.
Magombeyi was allegedly abducted by three unidentified men at around 2200 hours in Budiriro on Saturday.
He was recently threatened to accept the 60 percent salary increment which the employers was offering to the doctors after a standoff which saw doctors down tools.
In an interview with 263Chat, the Secretary General of ZHDA, Dr Mthabisi Bhebhe said all doctors with specific mention to Mpilo Central Hospital and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals would be staging a demonstration.
The Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo has since intervened in the situation condemning the alleged abduction.
In a statement made earlier, Moyo said they were alarmed by reports of the alleged disappearance of Dr Magombeyi.
“As the Ministry of Health and Child Care we are alarmed by this event. I have personally engaged the State Security agencies who have undertaken to deploy resources to look for Dr Magombeyi without any further delay,” Dr Moyo said.
“I have every faith that this effort will yield positive results. We are taking this matter very seriously and if this is anyone’s doing, we condemn such acts with the deserved revulsion,” added Moyo.
Doctors have since downed tools demanding the immediate release of Magombeyi.
In the morning, Doctors from Harare and Bulawayo staged protests and petitioned the government to act on Magombeyi’s disappearance.
They were blocked by armed police officers as they tried to handover their petition to President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices.