Holding placards and singing loudly, the doctors, a combination of junior, middle and senior level doctors, marched from Parirenyatwa Hospital, Zimbabwe’s largest medical center located in Harare, to Africa Unity Square.
“As health professionals we are being threatened by security elements. Both nurses and doctors are regularly being told that resisting what the government offers them will result in their death,” according to a doctors petition to parliament.
Known as a strong-willed woman with political ambitions, Grace Mugabe has made the most of her role as the grieving widow — and some in Zimbabwe think she is using the issue to reassert herself as a force to be reckoned with in the country.
Living conditions have improved greatly since 2000 even for the world’s poorest people, but billions remain mired in “layers of inequality.” That is the assessment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s third annual report on progress toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo said the abduction was designed to coincide with a visit of a special rapporteur from the United Nations and while some African leaders are in Harare mourning the late former president Robert Mugabe.