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Zimbabwe’s vice president fires 16,000 striking nurses

Staff Writer | April 18, 2018
The Zimbabwean government fired 16,000 nurses, who went on a strike to demand their outstanding allowances.
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Africa   Chiwenga dismissed the striking nurses
In a statement released to the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the country’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga vowed to replace the striking nurses with scores of other jobless trained nurses.

Chiwenga dismissed the striking nurses in his capacity as the superintendent of the government’s social services cluster.

Chiwenga claimed that the country's Health Service Board (HSB) had acceded to the nurses’ demands after it had released $17,114,446 to the Health Ministry to pay their outstanding allowances.

“What makes the whole action deplorable and reprehensible is the fact that as agreed yesterday (Monday), the government today released and transferred $17,114,446 into the account of the Ministry of Health and Child Care for payment to the striking nurses.

“While this demonstrates good faith on the part of government, the prompt transfers which have been effected against demonstrable economic challenges facing the country, has not quite surprisingly persuaded the striking nurses to go back to their stations in the interest of saving lives and helping helpless patients under their care.

"The government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated and thus as going beyond concerns of conditions of service and worker welfare.”