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Zimbabwe: The government forces newly graduated doctors to join the army

In his speech, His Excellency, Mgr Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa, Bishop of Chinhoyi, openly criticised the government of Zimbabwe for arresting journalists and activists, in opposition to the party of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and for forcing freshly graduated doctors to join the army.


“They bring bloodshed; they kill. Instead of freedom, they bring prison. They bring violence and imprison all those who oppose them. The only thing they know is violence”, said Bishop Mupandasekwa, criticising the government of the country.

Concretely, the Bishop condemned the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the arrests in July and the prolonged denial of bail for political activists and journalists accused of plotting for the unconstitutional removal of the government.

Then he criticised the recent decree by Vice President Chiwenga to enlist newly graduated doctors in the army. Vice President and new Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga, a former army general, ruled that newly graduated doctors must be recruited as military doctors, otherwise they will not be able to work in state hospitals.

About 230 medical students passed their final exams and had to be sent to public hospitals as Junior Resident Medical Officers (JRMO) for three years of on-the-job training before they could open clinics. According to the trade unions, this is a measure that aims to prevent strikes by medical personnel at an extremely critical moment for public health and for the government, accused of failing to manage the pandemic emergency.

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