Nurses urge President Uhuru to intervene in ongoing strike

Nurses demonstrate in Nairobi CBD./FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya National Union Of Nurses (KNUN) has pleaded with the head of state to mediate in finding a solution to the ongoing strike that has lasted for the last three months.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday in Nairobi ,KNUN secretary general Seth Panyako said it is high time the president indulges himself in the matter and sought out the misunderstanding between them, Ministry of Health and Council of governors.

“The president should see how things are turning out to be worse and try to solve this matter once and for all,” urged Panyako.

He criticized Health CS  Cleopa Mailu alongside the chair of Council of governors Josphat Nanok for failing to tackle the strike that has crippled health services in public hospitals, by just signing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) they agreed upon.

Panyako further pushed for a firm stand by his nurses urging them not to be shaken by the threat issued by the governors of being sacked.

Striking nurses and clinicians were Saturday warned against interfering with the smooth running of healthcare services in the country, while being ordered to immediately resume duty.

A consultative meeting called on Friday to discuss industrial action by the workers insisted that the strikes were illegal and that those who will not have returned to work be sacked and their positions advertised.

The meeting, chaired by Council of Governors chairman Josephat Nanok, was attended by Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, Principal Secretary Julius Korir, Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson Sarah Serem and Public Service Commission chairperson Margaret Kobia.