Chiwenga spared


The Zimbabwe Nurses Association has withdrawn its case against Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga for allegedly ordering the dismissal of more than 5 000 nurses when they went on strike demanding better working conditions.

Chiwenga said the nurses were fired because the strike was political.

The nurses association called off the strike at the weekend because their “cause of collective job action has been highly politicised”.

“This has portrayed us in bad light. To pave way for re-opening of negotiations and protection of our workers we have decided to call off the industrial action,” ZiNA said.

The nurses that had been fired were reinstated.

While Chiwenga’s action was widely condemned with some arguing that social issues did not require military solutions, national coordinator of the Information for Development Trust, Tawanda Majoni argued that this was the modus operandi of the new administration.

They would invoke the spectre of militarism and then sanitise it with a semblance of adherence to the rule of law, getting the results they want in the process.

This is exactly what has happened.

Chiwenga has got away with it squeaky clean.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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