JUST IN: Nurses Withdraw Court Application

THE Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) has withdrawn their court application amidst indications that the two parties (i.e government and ZINA) could have reached an agreement of some sort leading to the reversal of their application.

By Michael Gwarisa

The nurse’s body had approached the high court seeking an order to bar government from terminating their contracts of employment.

Zimbabwe Nurses Association filed an urgent chamber application in the High Court on Friday 20 April 2018 seeking an order to stop the Health Services Board (HSB), Hon. Parirenyatwa and Vice-President Chiwenga from terminating the services of nurses and to declare the termination of their employment contracts as null and void and be stopped from filling their positions.
In an interview, ZINA Secretary General (SG), Mr Enock Dongo confirmed that they had withdrawn the application though he could not disclose more detail regards the matter.

“It is true, the high court application has been withdrawn although i was not there, i can not comment further,” said Dongo.

In a notice of withdrawal filed with the Registrar of the High Court on Thursday 26 April 2018, Zimbabwe Nurses Association said the organisation no longer intends to proceed with legal action.

“Be pleased to take notice that the applicants hereby withdraw their urgent chamber application for an interdict,” reads part of the notice of withdrawal filed by Precious Chakasikwa and Bernard Chidziva of Kantor and Immerman Legal Practitioners representing Zimbabwe Nurses Association.

ZLHR understands that the withdrawal of the court application followed a meeting held on Wednesday 25 April 2018 by the National Executive Committee of Zimbabwe Nurses Association, where they resolved to instruct their lawyers to withdraw the urgent chamber application.

The urgent chamber application had been set down for hearing on Thursday 26 April 2018 at 3: PM before Justice Amy Tsanga.

In the urgent chamber application, Zimbabwe Nurses Association  was arguing that the purported summary dismissal of some striking nurses was not justified, as the conduct of the nurses was legal as they were exercising their labour rights.
ZINA wanted the High Court to restrain and interdict the HSB, Hon. Parirenyatwa and Vice-President Chiwenga from terminating the services of nurses at state-run hospitals and in the event that the respondents proceed with the termination of the employment contracts, the termination be declared null and void.

In addition, Zimbabwe Nurses Association wanted the respondents to be barred from filling their employment positions.

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