Doctors Set To Appeal Labour Court Decision At The Supreme Court

The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association is set to take its dispute to with the government to the Supreme Court. In an interview with the Daily News, Munyaradzi Gwisai of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said:

I have instructions to file an application for leave to appeal at the Supreme Court because there are serious human rights issues which were raised.

We have received the court order and when we receive the judgment detailing the reasons for ruling, we will approach to the Supreme Court.

The doctors however, declined to comment on the issue. ZHDA president Elias Muzoremba had this to say:

I cannot give you our position right now. We have not yet been served with the Disposal Order. The 12 hours have not yet lapsed. For now, I cannot comment on that.

Gwisai said that the doctors were not given a fair opportunity to be heard before the Labour Court delivered its ruling. He said

The Labour Act calls for just resolutions and section 69 of the Constitution calls for the right to a fair hearing. Our client did not get that. On Friday (December 21) and around 12 noon, we received communication that the matter has been set for hearing on Monday (today). Around 3 pm on the same day, we received a Show Cause Order instructing our clients to appear in court on Saturday (December 22) at 10 am as earlier communicated.

We closed offices and I left for home. At 16:47, one of our junior lawyers received a new notice from the assistant Sheriff instructing us to appear at the Labour Court at 5:15 pm. We had less than 30 minutes to prepare for the hearing despite receiving formal communication earlier in the day.

What kind of justice is that? I did not even have time to take instructions from my client. What is it that made the court decide to change dates? The court did not explain the sudden change in dates.

… Is it not true that members of the executives and ministers seek medical attention outside the country? If the hospitals are good, why are they not treated here? Is it not in the public domain that government is running around seeking medicines for the hospitals?

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