Senator Omar blames National and County Governments over nurses strike

Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar addressing journalists at his offices in Mombasa. FILE/PHOTO.

Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa senator and gubernatorial hopeful Hassan Sarai Omara has weighed in the nurses’ strike which kicked off across the county on Monday.

Speaking during the flagging off of the first phase of the relief food meant for needy families in the county during this holy month of Ramadan, Sarai accused the national and county governments for not being honest with nurses.

The senator argued it’s against the law for the government not to honor the collective bargaining agreement CBA it signed with nurses last year, which saw health workers called off their strike.

”Nurses have every right to fight for what is theirs, the government agreed to implement the CBA, why again failed to adhere to what they agreed on? Nurses too deserve better pay and working environment,” he asserted.

Sarai further blamed county executives for what he claimed failing to fully develop health sector which was developed under the new constitution.

”The Governors are the ones to blame for poor health services in this country, they have failed to invest in health sector and instead spending huge sum of money in things that doesn’t help Kenyans,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Wiper Party Secretary General who led leaders from the party in giving relief food to needy families, urged Kenyans to unite and show charity especially this period that Muslims are observing the holy month of Ramadan.

Sarai who flagged off the first phase of the relief food among them dates, salt, cooing oil and rice meant for Iftar said they are targeting at least 10,000 families from the county.

Meanwhile, nurses’ strike entered its day two on Tuesday countrywide with the health workers insisting they want effected the CBA agreement that awarded each nurse a Sh12,000 allowance beginning January this year.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) urged its 45,000 members to boycott duty starting Monday until the CBA is signed and implemented.

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