Health workers strike: 35 nurses arrested in Mutare

MUTARE – Thirty-five nurses at Mutare General Hospital were on Friday arrested for taking part in an “illegal” strike over poor salaries.

The disgruntled nurses were, however, released later without a charge following intervention of the hospital leadership.

Though Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Taviringwa Kakohwa professed ignorance over the arrests, a nurse who was part of the arrested group confirmed the arrests.

“We were rounded up and arrested in the morning at the hospital, as we were on strike. We were then taken to Mutare Central Police Station where we were briefly detained,” she said.

“We were, however, released around midday without any charge following intervention by our superiors,” added the nurse.

Hundreds of disgruntled nurses and other health workers across the country demonstrated this week over poor salaries.

The nurses also demanded the proposed United States-dollar COVID-19 allowance to be paid in cash.