- The government of Zimbabwe has sacked all the nurses who were on strike to demand higher salaries
- The vice president of the country, Constantino Chiwega, said the strike was "deplorable and reprehensible"
- He stated that unemployed and retired nurses would be hired to replace the striking nurse
All nurses who were on strike to demand higher salaries in Zimbabwe have been fired by the government of the country.
Vice President Constantino Chiwega, who accused the striking nurses of being politically motivated, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, April 17, Channels TV reports.
NAIJ.com notes that weeks after doctors had ended their own strike, nurses began theirs and patients were turned away from major hospitals.
Chiwenga said: “Government has decided in the interest of patients and of saving lives to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect."
According to the vice president, unemployed and retired nurses would be hired to replace those fired.
Chiwenga said that the government had released $17 million (14 million euros) to boost the nurses' pay and allowances, adding that their strike was "deplorable and reprehensible".
The vice president stated that the funds would now be used to employ new nurses.
Reacting to the statement, Zimbabwe's nurses' association said the nurses remained on strike.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party fired 11 parliamentarians, friends of former leader Robert Mugabe, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa continued a purge of officials that publicly supported Mugabe and his wife.
It was reported that Mnangagwa, who came to power in November 2017 after 93-year-old Mugabe was forced to resign following a defacto military coup, spoke against retribution.
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