Magombeyi beaten up on his hospital bed
By Staff Reporter
EMBATTLED doctors’ union leader, Peter Magombeyi (pictured) was on Tuesday physically attacked by an unidentified man in a shock incident that has followed a chaotic 10 day period of his alleged abduction and hospitalisation.
The incident is said to have happened inside a private Harare hospital in which he has been admitted since he emerged from an alleged abduction ordeal last Thursday.
When the media visited Harare’s Avenues Clinic end of business on Tuesday, there were sharp exchanges between Magombeyi’s lawyers and police officers over the incident.
Magombeyi, who claims abduction and torture by unknown persons, was allegedly attacked on his hospital bed and again in the corridor.
The drama happened in the presence of his father who has been on his son’s hospital bed since he got admitted.
As a result of the incident, it is said, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Union acting president sustained injuries on his arm, neck and back.
It was not clear on whether police arrested the attacker, who was rumoured to be a serving police officer.
The incident followed chaotic scenes earlier in the day in which police defied a High Court order barring them from stopping Magombeyi from leaving the hospital upon his discharge.
Lawyers were forced to recommend the readmission of the young doctor in the health facility after police insisted they were acting on orders by their superiors to keep him detained.
Police have besieged the private hospital to prevent Magombeyi from leaving the hospital for advanced treatment in South Africa.
The Zanu PF led government has accused the union leader of faking his abduction while working with enemies to soul its image.