Doctors poised for peaceful demos


Medical Association of Tanzania secretary general Dr Roderick Kabangila briefs journalists in Dar es Salaam on the planned peaceful demonstration to be staged by doctors fired recently after striking.

The Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT) yesterday announced its intention to conduct, in the coming week, a peaceful demonstration to condemn the alleged registration withholding of some 400 medical interns and doctors, a move they called, ‘injustice against their profession’.

“We are expecting to conduct a peaceful demonstration next week…”declared the MAT Secretary General, Dr Rodrick Kabangila.

He was addressing a press conference yesterday in Dar es Salaam, where he further articulated his disapproval of, ‘the way doctors are treated’. He said the demonstration will give doctors a chance to express their dismay over the decision.

Elaborating, he explained that, the intended demonstration will commence at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and terminate at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare where they hope their claims will be attended to by officials.

He insisted the peaceful demonstration solely to condemn the injustice and harassment against their profession which, according to him, is done by the government. The Secretary General went on to mention some of the ‘injustices’ as acts of cruelty and brutality against the Doctors’ Association leader, Dr. Steven Ulimboka who was abducted, tortured and left for death on the city outskirts in Pande forest by what remains as ‘an unknown army men.’

Dr Kabangila also called on the government to form an independent committee to investigate the ‘Ulimboka’s incident’.

“We don’t trust the police probe team…we need a team an independent team…” Dr Kabangila insisted.

Speaking on behalf of the interns, Dr. Frank Kagoro, blamed the Medical Council of Tanganyika of, ‘poor handling of the matter.’ He said that MCT has been completely ‘unsympathetic’ with the plight of medical providers, an attitude that has culminated in the withholding of the said intern registration.

According to Dr Kagoro, MCT should have questioned the interns before ‘jumping’ into judgment.

He accused them of not following the ‘rules of natural justice’. These rules, by Dr Kagoro’s understanding, would have it that the interns be questioned and given a chance to defend themselves before been turned down.

‘Rules of natural justice’ as posted on ‘justice4you’ (a Canadian site dedicated to the promotion of legal reform) refers to the principles of natural justice concerning procedural fairness to ensure a fair decision is reached by an objective decision maker and as a result, maintain procedural fairness protecting the rights of individuals and enhancing public confidence in the process.

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