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Counties start firing doctors as ultimatums expire

In Machakos, Governor Alfred Mutua gave doctors until Thursday to resume duty or be fired/CFM NEWS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Counties have begun firing doctors after an ultimatum issued by the National and County governments expired.

In Machakos, Governor Alfred Mutua gave doctors until Thursday to resume duty or be fired.

He said the demands advanced by the striking medics were unrealistic adding that the strike had been politicized.

“These doctors have the blood of the many Kenyans who have died due to the strike in their hands. They should know that their profession is a calling,” he stated.

Mutua said that doctors had held Kenyans hostage with many people losing their lives due to collapse of services in public health institutions.

He spoke at Kangundo High School sports ground after meeting opinion leaders and aspirants drawn from across the county.

Mutua accused the doctors of shifting goalposts in their demands despite efforts by mediators and a personal appeal by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka urged the electorate to elect leaders whose agenda is to improve the lives of the people.

He described Mutua as a transformative leader whose development track record was visible.

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The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) in the meantime has termed as unfortunate the government’s decision to cease any further negotiations with striking doctors saying such grandstanding will have a negative impact on the country.

Speaking to Capital FM News, the Union’s Secretary General Ouma Oluga further stated that the decision to sack doctors will do far more damage than good in the Health Sector.

“A State shouldn’t win against its own citizens. Governments and doctors can only win together for our country. That should be a no brainer,” he said.

Oluga indicated that all issues in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in the negotiations mediated by the Inter Religious Forum had been resolved and what awaited now was the signing of the recognition agreements with the 47 County Governments.

“While for the Kenyan doctors it was and has remained purely an industrial dispute between an employer and a group of employees, the strike meant other things and has thus been deliberately mishandled as a punishment for the doctors,” he stated.

He accused the government of shifting goal posts in the talks and emphasized the doctors were disappointed over the declaration by both the National and County Governments.

“We approached negotiations with utmost good faith and obedience. Responding to every call of meeting and staying late sometimes up to 3am even after you advised us to keep it only up to 5pm,” he stated.

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