Zimbabwe president cuts short holiday over doctors’ strike

Zimbabwe ’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa cut short his annual vacation Wednesday to try to resolve an impasse with doctors who have been on strike for a month, a government spokesman said.
Hundreds of junior doctors in public hospitals across Zimbabwe withdrew their services in November demanding salaries in US dollars, an increase in on-call allowances and an improvement in drug supplies and provision of functional equipment.
Negotiations have so far hit a brick wall with the government insisting it has no capacity to pay salaries in US dollars.
Last week government said it had suspended 530 striking doctors but later made an about-turn to pave the way for fresh negotiations.
“The president has had to cut short his annual leave in order to play an oversight role in the negotiations,” the information ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana told AFP.

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