22 August 2014

Kenya: Busia Medics Issue Seven-Day Strike Notice

Doctors and nurses unions have issued a seven day strike notice to Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong. The strike notice dated August 21, was signed by doctors union Western branch secretary, Dr Fredrick Oluga, and the nurses' union national secretary general, Seth Panyako.

The notice came three days after Ojaamong said four union officials, who allegedly abused him and incited other workers to strike, will be sacked.

Rabare Nina, Isaiah Omondi, Jason Machogu and Juliet Ilahalwa were bundled into a police Land Rover and driven to Busia police station to record a statement.

Oluga, who read the statement to the press at Border Palace Hotel in Busia town, told Ojaamong to withdraw any victimisation or planned punishment on the four officials.

He wants the governor to apologise to health staff for use of "foul" language when he addressed them outside his offices last Friday. The medics also want the county government to effect payment to more than 50 health staff who have not been paid their July salaries and allowances.

They want the promotion of all health workers due for promotion and issuance of appointment letters to those who have served their contracts as well as finished internship. The medics said they are willing to dialogue with Ojaamong during the seven day period.

However, Ojaamong told the medics to come clean and tell Kenyans what they are up to, saying the unions are being funded by their political "godfathers" to cause commotion in the counties.

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