DR. Peter Magombeyi, the controversial leader of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association (ZHDA) has announced he is stepping down from the medical professionals’ labour movement with effect from 24th January.
Magombeyi made worldwide headlines in mid-September last year when it was claimed that he had been abducted from his home in a high-density suburb in Harare.
He reappeared a few days later, before crossing the border to South Africa, ostensibly to seek further treatment from the injuries he sustained during the “abduction”.
Writing about the latest developments, Magombeyi said: “I cannot thank all the doctors enough for the opportunities the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has provided me.
“Working with you has been incredibly instrumental in my personal growth and I will never forget the struggle we go through every day, trying to come up with a functional health delivery system that benefits all Zimbabweans and our welfare as doctors. ALUTA CONTINUA!
“I regret to inform you that I am resigning from my position here, immediately as the President for ZHDA for personal reasons.
“I do not intend to inconvenience you with this news, and I hope you will accept my most sincere apologies in making Friday, the 24th of January 2020 my last day as the President of the aforementioned association I know this is unexpected, but am happy to assist the association in the replacement process to help alleviate the transition.
“I loved my job and I will look back on my time here with wonderful memories. May you all stay blessed!”
His resignation comes as a rival new doctors union, the Progressive Hospital Doctors Association of Zimbabwe, was launched in December and successfully negotiated the end of strife between the Health Services Board and the junior doctors.
The Progressive Hospital Doctors Association of Zimbabwe also helped doctors piggyback onto the Higherlife Foundation fellowship project, which also helped end the three months strike that the doctors were engaging in.
Some people hold the view that Magombeyi’s abduction was stage managed for political reasons, while some others think State agents actually abducted him.