PRETORIA – A Zimbabwean doctor weeping at Zanu PF rally when he said doctors were well under President Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed he had nearly been killed in a gun incident in January.
Patrick Mugoni, who wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, said he had undergone multiple surgeries after being stabbed in the stomach and was just beginning to “break the psychological chains that bind me to my past.”
The attack reportedly took place in South Africa, where Mugoni is now working – despite his cheerleading for Mnangagwa in 2018.
Mugoni broke up with his striking colleagues in May 2018 and attended a Zanu PF conference in Gweru where, while thanking President Emmerson Mnangagwa for a salary increase, he broke down and was not able to finish his speech.
Mugoni claimed the doctors had been ‘freed from the shackles’, adding that a 100 per cent raise offered by the government at the time was ‘historic’ – though his colleagues’ dismissed the claims.
He then ran a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Mail newspaper praising Mnangagwa.
The doctor, who was general secretary of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, was expelled from the union, which said he had “brought the name of the association into disrepute”.
Mugoni’s assertion that life is good for the medical profession rang hollow as he joined thousands of doctors and nurses in 2020 who resigned and left for greener pastures in neighboring countries and abroad. Today he works in Pretoria, South Africa.
It is still unknown why or who stabbed him. He claims he is not ready to talk about the incident.