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Harare. Sept. 9, 2019. - [Top Health News Africa] - It’s been four days since the leader of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), Dr. Peter Magombeyi, went missing. According to a WhatsApp message he managed to send, three unidentified men abducted him from his home in the Budiriro neighbourhood of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. Since then, no one has heard from him.
Magombeyi, a government employee, had organized a series of protests to demand better salaries for government doctors, ZDHA said. Prior to his abduction, he had received a text message from a local mobile number threating him with disappearance. Zimbabwe’s health minister, Obadiah Moyo, has sinceconfirmed that Magombeyi was missing and claimed to have activated all state security ministries to secure his whereabouts.
Meanwhile, however, a spokesperson for President Emmerson Mnangagwa dismissed the abduction as “a characteristic propaganda stunt by the opposition and its supporters.”
Magombeyi’s abduction is not an isolated case. Recent months have seen an alarming spike in abduction and of critics of the government and the political opposition. Since the beginning of the year, the authorities have arbitrarily arrested and prosecuted several peaceful activists on baseless charges.
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