CRYING DOCTOR SPEAKS

The doctor who cried at  Zanu PF youth convention in Gweru says he was shocked by the ridicule he suffered on social media.

“The reaction of some individuals has been shocking to say the least. I have been subject to much ridicule on social media and have had to withdraw. But these are just individuals who are uninformed and know nothing about what we have had to go through to get to where we are.

“I am not moved and will continue to struggle for better conditions for my fellow workers,” Dr Patrick Muguni, a senior medical officer at Parirenyatwa Hospital told The Sunday Mail. He said he was forced o withdraw from social media for now.

Explaining why he cried, Dr Muguni said :“Firstly, it was a combination of happiness and relief.
“I was reflecting on the journey that we had gone through as an association in trying to negotiate better conditions of service for medical doctors.

“For me, I was at the high point of victory; we had just been vindicated and I was declaring victory. I was reflecting on our struggle of leading people who were not necessarily believers; people who thought engagement with our employer would not yield results,” he said.

“Secondly, I was overwhelmed by being asked to make a speech in front of the President, which has always been a dream of mine growing up. I never thought I would have such an opportunity in my life and I was just overwhelmed by the occasion.”

The 29-year-old father of one said  through the President and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, doctors’ salaries and benefits were increased variously by between $1 200 and $1 400.

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