Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) secretary-general Mthabisi Bhebhe told the Daily News yesterday that doctors received intimidatory messages to force them to stop the strike.
He said they cannot ascertain if the individuals who sent the messages are State security agents. Doctors have been on strike since December 1 last year. Said Bhebhe:
Our members and some leaders are receiving intimidatory messages from unknown individuals to force us to abort the industrial action but we cannot, however, say if these are State security agents or not because this has been happening since the strike began but such tactics don’t work. Only dialogue is the way.
Responding to questions on whether Government spy agents were being set on the striking doctors, deputy Information minister Energy Mutodi denied the claims but said they had gathered evidence the opposition wanted to use the labour action to destabilise Government. Said Mutodi:
Government is not spying on anyone but we have gathered evidence that there are some underground activities taking place and that is why you heard Chamisa publicly supporting them because he wants to use the labour unrest to destabilise the government. The doctors must realise that they are in a third world country and all is not well. Government is trying to rebuild the economy that is coming from a long period of recession.
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