GOVERNMENT says it engaged the Zimbabwe Republic Police to investigate the disappearance of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) Acting President Dr Peter Magombeyi.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
In a statement released on Sunday night, Health and Child Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said they are alarmed with the abduction.
“We have been made aware of the reported disappearance of Dr. Peter Magombeyi, the Acting President of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) and our employee at Harare Hospital in a case of a reported kidnapping,” he said.
He added that he has tasked the Police to look into the matter.
“I have therefore personally engaged the State Security agencies who have undertaken to deploy resources to look for Dr. Magombeyi and they are seized with this matter with no stone left unturned.
“As the Ministry responsible, my Ministry is concerned about the welfare, safety and wellbeing of all its cadres,” the Minister noted.
Dr Moyo also urged family and friends to stay calm and assist the Police in their investigations.
“We are taking this matter very seriously and we condemn any illegal acts by whosoever with the revulsion it deserves.
“I appeal to all concerned and his workmates to remain calm and direct all efforts towards assisting the Police with information with a view to quick and successful closure of this matter resulting in Dr. Magombeyi’s safety and a return to his family,” he said.
Meanwhile, the junior doctors under the banner of ZHDA in Bulawayo through the spokesperson Dr Anele Bhebhe at 10 am at Mpilo Hospital demonstrate following the abduction.
“Dr Peter Magombeyi has been reported gone missing since yesterday evening at 2200hrs in Budiriro. He was allegedly abducted in the deep of the night by three unknown gunmen,” he said.
On Sunday, the doctors staged a demonstration at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals demanding the return of Dr Magombeyi. Dr Bhebhe said the demo at Pari continues today.
Police are treating seriously the report that a leader confirming receipt of the report, which it said was filed at 10.20am on Sunday.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating a report received from an informant that the Acting President of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), Dr Peter Magombeyi, was last night abducted by three armed unidentified men in Budiriro, Harare,” said national police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said in a statement.
He said police are appealing to members of the public with information to contact any nearest police station or the National Complaints Desk on 0242 703 631 or WhatsApp number 0712 800 197 or Harare Operations telephone number 0242 748 836.
Asst Comm Nyathi, however, said while the police are seized with the matter, they have noted with concern that previously there were a number of alleged abductions ahead of the SADC Summit recently held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania raising fears that a third force could be behind the abductions.
“The possibility of a third force being involved in the alleged abductions for political expedience and to sustain the human rights abuse narrative ahead of the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly cannot be ruled out,” he said.