The Star (Nairobi)

18 August 2014

Kenya: Four Busia Medics to Be Fired Over Strike

Four medics in Busia county face the sack for inciting their colleagues to protest. Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said the four officials disrespected him by confronting him while he was addressing them on Friday outside his office.

Dr Nina Rabare representing doctors, Jason Machogu representing clinical officers, Isaiah Omondi representing nurses and the fourth identified only as Juliet, were arrested and led to Busia police station. They were released after recording statements.

Ojaamong invoked section 75 of constitution and "fired" the four in the presence of the media for allegedly neglecting patients, which led to some deaths.

Speaking to the press, the governor said it was unfortunate for the nurses to go on strike even after the county released their salaries. He blamed the banks for the delay in crediting the medics' accounts.

"I have been in the Ministry of Labour and I know that there must be a notice for any strike to be legal. It is a criminal offence for the officials to incite other workers bearing in mind the delicate nature of their jobs," Ojaamong said.

Equity, Barclays, Co-operative and National banks managers', who were present during the press briefing, said they received the payroll of the workers on Wednesday. Responding to the issue of drug shortage in the county, Ojaamong said the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency will deliver drugs this week.

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