Zimbabwe Fires 77 Doctors

HARARE – The government has terminated the contracts of 77 doctors who have been on strike since September 3, drawing condemnation from the opposition.

The doctors boycotted disciplinary hearings called by the Health Services Board last week, which went on in their absence.

In letters served on the doctors, the HSB said the doctors had been fired for failing to report for duty after the Labour Court last month ruled that the job boycott was unlawful, a decision that the doctors are appealing.

The doctors, who are demanding United States-dollar indexed salaries, were also ordered to vacate government accommodation within a month.

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa said: “It surprises me that the Mnangagwa regime would fire medical doctors instead of simply paying them a living wage. These are fruits of illegitimacy. There is a silent genocide taking place in Zimbabwe as our hospitals have been shut down for 2 months now. Pay doctors a living wage!”-zimlive