Zim Salvation Army ejects doctor

2012-08-19 17:31

Harare - Officials of the Salvation Army in Zimbabwe say they have given a Canadian doctor 48 hours to leave the southern African nation after he was fired from a mission hospital.

Vinece Chigariro, head of the church group in Zimbabwe, saidon Sunday the doctor's departure was changed from 1 September after violent disturbances at the medical facility on Thursday by villagers demanding his reinstatement.

Dr Paul Thistle, chief medical officer at the Howard hospital about 80km northeast of Harare, said the order was "not a legal decision" by Zimbabwean immigration or police authorities.

After 16 years at the mission, Thistle clashed with church leaders over fundraising for the facility and local aid projects.

Twelve people were arrested after Thursday's unrest and eight nurses were held for questioning on allegations of incitement to violence.

  • jurgens.staats - 2012-08-19 17:47

    A very sad state indeed! Visited Howard Hospital in Dec 2011. dr Thistle is irreplacable. His dismissal will surely devastate the community!

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-19 18:07

    Zimbabwe is Sinking, no respect for people's Democracy and their Human Rights,Robert Mogabe, His people's tears will never fall down, when he dies he is going sraight to hell. very evil man and his cronies.

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-08-19 18:11

    The loss are surely that of the poor and desperate Zimmos around there. Church leaders in this case surely are not doing what is brotherly and that after 16 years that this man has given?

  • Anthea - 2012-08-19 18:54

    How sad that church politics come before proper patient care. I have seen a number of comments about what a wonderful doctor he is. Send him here, we will honour and cherish him.

  • mare.plessis - 2012-08-19 19:15

    Disgusting to say the least! Racists who are too foolish to realize that they are shooting themselves in the foot...

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