ZIMBABWE Nurses Association has withdrawn its application challenging the termination of employment contracts for some striking nurses employed at state-run hospitals.

Retired army chief Constantino Chiwenga

In a notice of withdrawal filed with the Registrar of the High Court on Thursday 26 April 2018,
Zimbabwe Nurses Association said the organisation no longer intends to proceed with legal action.
“Be pleased to take notice that the applicants hereby withdraw their urgent chamber application for an
interdict,” reads part of the notice of withdrawal filed by Precious Chakasikwa and Bernard Chidziva
of Kantor and Immerman Legal Practitioners representing Zimbabwe Nurses Association.

ZLHR understands that the withdrawal of the court application followed a meeting held on Wednesday
25 April 2018 by the National Executive Committee of Zimbabwe Nurses Association, where they
resolved to instruct their lawyers to withdraw the urgent chamber application.

The urgent chamber application had been set down for hearing on Thursday 26 April 2018 at 3: PM
before Justice Amy Tsanga.

Through the urgent chamber application, which was filed on Friday 20 April 2018, Zimbabwe Nurses
Association sought an order to restrain and interdict the Health Services Board (HSB), Health and Child
Care Minister Hon. David Parirenyatwa and Vice-President Hon. Constantino Chiwenga from
terminating the services of some striking nurses and to stop the government from recruiting new staff.
Zimbabwe Nurses Association wanted the High Court to declare the termination of their employment
contracts as null and void and be stopped from filling their positions.

The nurses’ representative body argued that the purported summary dismissal of some striking nurses
was not justified, as the conduct of the nurses was legal as they were exercising their labour rights.

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