Zimbabwean billionaire, Strive Masiyiwa, pays doctors to end 4 months strike

Strive Masiyiwa
Strive Masiyiwa

Zimbabwe’s junior doctors have agreed to return to work, ending a strike that has lasted for over four months, after they accepted an offer from a Zimbabwean telecoms billionaire.

The strike was one of the longest in the country’s history and brought the public healthcare system to its knees.

UK-based Strive Masiyiwa will pay each doctor a subsistence allowance of about $300 (£230) and provide them with transport to work, through a fund he set up.

Most of the doctors on strike were earning less than $100 a month.

The billionaire will fund the doctors for six months and it’s not clear what will happen after that.

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The strike has killed an unknown number of people, according to the senior doctors’ association, who have called it a “silent genocide”.

The doctors went on strike pressing for wages to be pegged to the US dollar as a cushion against rising inflation in the worst economic crisis in a decade.

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