HARARE – Government says it committed to ensuring the safety of Dr Peter Magombeyi, amid revelations that 15 unidentified individuals this Tuesday tried to take him out of hospital where he has been admitted since Friday last week.
The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association acting President, Dr Peter Magombeyi, who allegedly went missing on 15 September before resurfacing on Friday last week, remains a subject of attention.
After undergoing medical examinations by private and government specialist doctors, Dr Magombeyi’s family approached the courts seeking an order to have him access further medical care in South Africa.
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa this Wednesday updated the nation on the issue of Dr Peter Magombeyi, clarifying that when satisfied that his personal security is guaranteed, government will ensure that he is free to travel to a place of his choice without hindrance.
“On 24 September 2019, 15 unidentified individuals tried to take out Dr Magombeyi from his hospital bed, but the police were concerned for his safety. They stopped the individual awake to the fact that he was a victim of an alleged previous abduction. They called for reinforcements. The police is keen to apprehend the alleged abductors so as to bring them to justice and protect the public. They therefore sought the court’s assistance in delaying Dr Magombeyi’s departure to South Africa before giving the vital leads they needed to advance their investigation. It is a duty of the police to protect and guarantee the safety of all its citizens.
The Police will not ask for this delay beyond a sensible few more hours. By that time the other information they are waiting for is expected to have been availed. The government assures the nation that Dr Magombeyi is not being held against his will and that once we are satisfied that his personal security is guaranteed, we will ensure that Dr Magombeyi is free to travel to a place of his choice without hindrance,” she said.
The Senator Mutsvangwa also confirmed that police saw it fit to reinforce security on Dr Magombeyi, following concerns raised by his father.
His father, Mr Kingstone Magombeyi expressed concerns for his son and his security and hired a private security firm.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) saw it fit to deliver on their constitutional mandate by providing their own details for Dr Magombeyi’s protection.
The statement by government follows social media claims that police are blocking Dr Magombeyi from leaving the country to go South Africa for medicals.