Harare City Council Defies High Court Order to Re-Open Clinics

Despite the fact that Harare City Council has been ordered by the High Court of Zimbabwe under Chief Justice Mushore on the 7th of October 2020 to open all its forty- two council polyclinics within seven days, it has not yet complied.

Acting Health Director, Doctor Masunda, had this to say, “As council we still have only eight clinics which are operational and we being affected by industrial action by council nurses and some of them are resigning”

A snap survey done by the CHRA Information Department indicates that Mbare Matapi, Mbare Hostels, Marlborough, Warren Park and Sunningdale clinics are completely closed and a few namely Tafara, Mabvuku, Mufakose and Highfields and Dzivarasekwa clinics are open but not operational.

“The council clinic gates are opening but there is no one to attend to patients, we are stuck and we do not know where to go to access medication”, said CHRA Welfare Chairperson Ms. Fatima Madamombe in Dzivarasekwa.

CHRA condemns the excuses given by Harare City Council as it is its duty to motivate its employees and provide them with a satisfactory remuneration.

CHRA calls for Harare City Council to comply with the High Court order failure to do so CHRA will not hesitate to approach the courts on contempt of court within seven days.

Source: Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)