President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the appointment of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, a retired army general, as Health Minister was meant to put an end to a crippling nurses’ strike.
Addressing a Zanu PF central committee meeting in Harare on Friday, Mnangagwa boasted that since Chiwenga’s appointment, doctors and nurses are now back at work. He said:
We realised that year after year, we would not go for four or five months without a strike in the health sector.
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I realised we needed a soldier there. We had to second a soldier there and now they are back at work.
Chiwenga was the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander during the 2017 military coup that toppled the late former President Robert Mugabe in November 2017.
He was appointed Health Minister to replace Obediah Moyo who was fired for his alleged involvement in the looting of Coronavirus funds.
Besides Moyo, Delish Nguwaya, a close associate of the Mnangagwa family, have since been arrested over the scandals, while journalists who exposed the said rot have either been arrested or are in hiding.