Chiwenga out of order: ZCTU

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) on Friday railed against Vice President Constantino Chiwenga for firing striking nurses, saying the former commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces was completely out of order and his actions must be condemned in the strongest terms.

In a statement, the union noted that it was a first of its kind in the history of Zimbabwe for a whole vice president to issue a statement claiming to have fired striking workers.

“Zimbabwe is well aware that the vice president is not an employer of nurses. Nurses are employed by the Health Services Board (HSB). The vice president should be ashamed of usurping the role of the HSB,” said ZCTU in a statement.

“The actions of ... Chiwenga show clearly that he is out of depth and he does not believe in the very institutions, like the HSB, that the government created. His actions also vindicate sceptics who have claimed that he is not fit for the top job”.

The union said it was no secret that staff in the health sector were poorly remunerated.

“There is also serious shortage of equipment for them to be able to diligently discharge their duties.  The sector is collapsing simply because career ministers like David Parirenyatwa continue to be appointed to the same ministry as if Zimbabwe is short of fresh brains. Health provision has been deteriorating under the nose of the same minister for years without any action taken by the authorities. Our calls for him to do the honourable thing of quitting have been received with disdain by authorities,” it said.

Comments (4)

whereas ED is talking about leadership by consensus Chiwega seem to taking a different route like Mugabe. Dictatorship is what ruined Zim

Eddy - 23 April 2018

thats guvheya for you! nothing can stand in his way, even rhobhati couldn't!!

SaManyika Chaiye - 23 April 2018

But sometimes we all need to sincere we must also accept that a gvt with empty coffers can not pay high salaries to n one,even poor farmers are paid poorly for their goods.Are the nurses saying the high officials in gvt are overpaying themselves into several allowances of executives& other officials in gvt while ignoring the basic salary incomes of the less bargaining lower workers,then they would have a reason,otherwise its fair to take it that the gvt does not have money;if the striking nurses demand increases then it also means more taxes for everyone if the gvt is to raise that money- painful for a bankrupt nation

addmore gudo - 23 April 2018

THE NEW DISPENSATION DICTATOR CDE CHIWENGA, WE HAVE A NEW DICTATOR IN THE VICE PRESIDENT. STOP, GO, STOP, FREEZE KKK THIS IS NOT A BARRACK VICE PRESIDENT.

Bonganilishe - 24 April 2018

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