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Zimbabwe: Abducted doctor found but disoriented

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

A leader of a doctors’ union in Zimbabwe, Peter Magombeyi who was abducted a few days ago has now been found.

Local media reported that Peter Magombeyi was left near the capital by his abductors but in a disorientated state.

He is however in good health, according to a doctor colleague who spoke to the BBC.

His colleague doctors and other union officials had feared for his life. They had suspected he could have been abducted by the security forces.

They staged a protest this week and stayed away from work to demand his release.

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Dr. Magombeyi was not been heard from after sending a message on Saturday to his girlfriend. In that message he said he had been kidnapped by three men.

Magombeyi reportedly organized a doctors’ strike demanding better working conditions.

He had said the worsening economic conditions in Zimbabwe made it impossible for his colleagues to get to work on a salary of $100 a month.

The Health Minister Odabiah Moyo has said that the state security agencies were searching for Peter Magombeyi.

He is the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospitals Association (ZHDA).

“We are taking this matter very seriously and we condemn illegal acts by whosoever with the revulsion it deserves,” he said in a video posted on twitter.

In Zimbabwe there is a trend of activists and opponents of the government often abducted and tortured.

Last month a Zimbabwean comedienne was reportedly abducted and brutalized for her sketches and acts.

Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name “Gonyeti” was accused by her attackers of undermining the government through her popular acts.




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