The Star (Nairobi)

27 August 2014

Kenya: Mombasa Health Workers, County Officials Disagree Over July Pay

Photo: Capital FM
August salaries for public county workers may delay (file photo).

HEALTH workers in Mombasa yesterday protested against their July salary delays.

They matched from the Coast General Hospital to Governor Hassan Joho's offices in Kizingo estate.

The workers carried placards denouncing the just ended Mombasa International Cultural Festival, which they claimed, cost the county Sh50 million.

"Money for culture festival, but no pay?" read one of the placards.

They denied claims by the county government that their salaries have been transferred to their personal accounts.

Peter Maroko, secretary of the Kenya National Union of Nurses, Coast branch the nurses have not received any money in their accounts.

"No. No nurse has received any pay," he said on the phone.

Acting health executive Tendai Mtana yesterday said July salaries were remitted on Friday, through the Integrated Financial Management Information system and the G-Pay systems.

"The staff should confirm their salaries by close of business today," he said on Monday.

Mtana said the delay was caused by the new electronic system of payment.

He urged the striking health workers to resume work immediately.

"The money was wired through various bank accounts held by the health workers and the Mombasa county government staff," Mtana said.

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