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Zimbabwe Professors Put Off Strike Pending House Committee Inquiry

Lecturers and staff at the University of Zimbabwe decided Monday to put off a strike they had called last week until Friday to allow parliament's education committee to look into their grievances, a spokesman for the academics said Monday.

But an official of the union representing lecturers at Bulawayo’s National University of Science and Technology, Midlands State University, and Chinhoyi University of Technology said those teachers would continue a strike begun last week.

James Mhlaule, president of the Association of University Teachers at the University of Zimbabwe, told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his executive committee agreed to give the parliamentary committee on education time to look into lecturers' grievances before embarking on work stoppage.

In the beleaguered health care sector, nurses at Parirenyatwa and Harare hospitals in the capital were said to be trickling back to work. But striking doctors remained out of the wards. Sources said doctor representatives met today with health services board members who promised to brief the office of President Robert Mugabe.

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