Mnangagwa tells striking doctors we should sit down and talk while you are at work


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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday told the country’s striking doctors that they must return to work warning those who remained stubborn of dire consequences.

He said his government had discovered that there was now an external influence to the strike and only five or so doctors were holding the rest to ransom.

Zimbabwe hospital doctors have been on strike since 3 September and were ordered by the Labour Court to return to work but have refused to do so.

“Two months ago, we raised their salaries and they came back again saying the value of the money had been eroded and we offered them a 30 percent increase which they rejected and we increased it to 60 percent which they rejected again,” Mnangagwa said according to the Chronicle.

“After going through what is happening, we have discovered that there are a few individuals who are getting outside influence and then coming to influence others to continue with the strike. But what we are saying to the doctors is that you are Zimbabweans and the sick people are also Zimbabweans.

“There is no country that doesn’t have problems, so we should sit down and talk while you are at work. But if you insist on being stubborn, we will see where it will get you to. You might think what you are doing is right, but we will see what will happen at the end.”

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