Statement on the Abduction of ZHDA Acting President Dr Peter Magombeyi

ZHDA is shocked and concerned about the abduction of our Acting President Dr Peter Magombeyi late last night, Saturday 14 September 2019 at around 22:00hrs. Dr Magombeyi was abducted by 3 men who we suspect to be state security agents.

The abduction was preceded by numerous anonymous threats made to Dr Magombeyi including, for example, a text message from 0786645XXX which read “Usazoti I did not warn you. Ramba uchiita nharo. Uchatorwa nechampupuri. We are getting close now. (Translation: Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Carry on the way you are acting and you will be abducted. We are getting close now.”) ZHDA has been in ongoing negotiations with the state about doctors’ working conditions as we are currently incapacitated.

He was last heard from at 22:19hrs on Saturday 14 September 2019 when he sent a WhatsApp message to the ZHDA Junior Doctors WhatsApp gropu which read “Kidnapped by 3 men. Fam 0715320XXX.”

Efforts to reach his family on the aforementioned number and to reach Dr Magombeyi on his personal phone lines have been fruitless.

We demand to know where he is and his immediate release.

Source: Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association