ODM MPs want parliament recalled to resolve nurses strike crisis

ODM MPs want parliament recalled to resolve nurses strike crisis

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Kenyan nurses during a past strike PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Orange Democratic Movement Members of Parliament want national assembly and senate to be recalled in bid to resolve the health strike crisis rocking the country.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings led by Seme legislator Dr James Nyikal and his counterpart from Ugunja Opiyo Wandayi,  they said that there is need for both houses to be recalled to have joint sessions and discuss the nurses crisis which they termed as of a grave concern.

They said that legislature has a mandate to ironing out funding issues affecting health sector especially in counties.

“We demand that parliament be recalled from recess immediately ,and an extraordinary joint sessions of National Assembly and Senate be held to deliberate on this urgent matter of national importance.” Wandayi said

The legislators accused national government over what they termed as arm twisting tendencies by denying counties funds allocated to them, leading to such crisis by being held at the national level .

“Functions as critical as health as agriculture were devolved without costing having been done ,and therefore one will wonder ,how will you then finance these functions.Without even knowing what it costs to perform them .That was a deliberate attempt to ensure that these functions are transferred to counties and then counties are starved off cash.” Wandayi said.

They turned heat on president Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto for staying mum on matters of urgency, especially nurses strike and yet patients are dying while others suffering due to an ongoing strike.

On the other hand president Uhuru while touring Makindu urged the medics to embrace dialogue with the government and council of governors to iron out their grievances.

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The president said that it is improper for medics to go on strike leaving patients dying in the pretext of fighting for their rights.

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