, MOMBASA, Kenya Nov 24 – The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has joined called by the national teachers union and advised all its members to vacate the North Eastern region over insecurity.
KMPDU acting National Secretary-General Abidan Mwachi told members working in Garrisa, Mandera and Wajir to leave immediately and relocate to their home counties.
He expressed concern about the safety of its 35 members and wanted them to withdraw services until they are assured of their security.
“We are concerned that very little is being done to improve the security of our members since the Meru and Lamu killings, where several doctors were shot dead. It is with this in mind that we are strongly advising our members to pull out of Mandera and its environs until such a time when security for our members will be assured,” Mwachi told reporters in Mombasa.
On Saturday, Al-Shabaab hijacked a Nairobi-bound bus and executed 28 people in a chilling dawn attack at Arabiya in Mandera near the Kenya-Somalia border.
He condemned the attack and blamed the government over rising insecurity where innocent Kenyans have been brutally murdered by the Al-Shabaab militants.
“Our members face a unique challenge in that they have to work very late in the night and still maneuver their way back home with no assured security. They might also be recalled to the hospital to attend to emergencies and these emergencies arise when there is insecurity. We need security to attend to those injured from both sides,” Mwachi added.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) over the weekend called on teachers working in insecurity-hit areas to vacate the regions with immediate effect as the government maintained there is no point of alarm.
KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion said that since the government cannot guarantee the safety of teachers, then they should not return to their current stations and await transfer.
Deputy President William Ruto says that the government will have the issue dealt with conclusively and that teachers and other professional deployed in the area will be safe.