JUST IN: Kwekwe doctors down tools, in solidarity with ‘abducted’ leader



KWEKWE– Doctors from private and public medical institutions in Kwekwe, have reportedly downed tools following the ‘abduction’ of Zimbabwe Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Peter Mugombeyi, sources have told midlandsnews.

Well-placed sources told this publication that, in solidarity with the medical practitioners in Harare, they have also opted to down tools until Dr Magombeyi’s apparently mysterious disappearance is resolved.

“On Tuesday, doctors from both private and public medical institutions met at Kwekwe General hospital and it was unanimously agreed that no one is supposed to go to work unless there is an emergency”, said the source.

“The feeling within the medical fraternity is that what happened to Dr Mugombeyi can happen to anyone of them. As a result, no single doctor must be seen attending to patients whether they are employed at public or private medical referral institutions”, another source added.

According to a statement released by ZDHA Mpilo branch, Mugombeyi was abducted by three armed men on Sunday.

“Dr Peter Magombeyi has been reported gone missing since yesterday evening at 2200hrs in Budiriro. He was allegedly abducted in the deep of the night by 3 unknown gunmen”, reads the statement.

Minister of State for National Security Owen Ncube on Tuesday issued a statement saying that he has since directed members of the security forces to launch full scale investigation into the matter.

“I have instructed Security Forces to investigate whether or not a third force is involved. I have, however, directed the Security Forces to approach this investigation with an objective and open mind”, said Minister Ncube

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