The Zimbabwean doctor and trade union leader, who has been missing for five days, has been released by his abductors. He told the Voice of America (VOA) that he was electrocuted during his abduction.
“I remember being in a basement, being electrocuted at one point, that’s what I remember very well,” said Peter Magombeyi. The media said that he had difficulty speaking during the interview, saying: “I barely remember anything“. Dr. Magombeyi, who had organized a series of strikes in recent weeks on poor salaries and poor working conditions, was abandoned in the bush in Nyabira, about 20 km northwest of the capital Harare, on Thursday evening. He told the Zimbabwe Chronicle Paper that he remembered being kidnapped by three men on Saturday evening.
According to a BBC report in Harare, the authorities had suggested that his disappearance had been organised or was the work of a “third force” that wanted to undermine the government. A series of kidnappings of government critics have taken place in recent months. Police announced that they were investigating exactly what happened to Dr. Magombeyi, acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA). Before his disappearance, he told the AFP news agency that he had received calls and threatening messages on his phone. He demanded more salaries for doctors, as inflation prevented them from going to work, their salary having fallen to $100 (£80) per month. The government had to deploy military doctors to public hospitals this week after medical personnel went on strike across the country after his disappearance.