Crisis looms as Nandi health workers threaten to down tools

Crisis looms as Nandi health workers threaten to down tools

A crisis looms in Nandi County after health workers issued a 14-day ultimatum to the county government to pay them their salaries and withdraw a memo that demanded re-deployment of medics to national government failure to which they will go on strike.

Led by Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) national chairman John Bii, and Deputy Secretary General Maurice Opetu, the workers accused the County Government of Nandi of violating a court order against intimidating health workers by denying them their April and May salaries, and also serving them with re-deployment letters.

“I want to confirm that we are here to fully support the county health workers in what they are going through. As a union we are here to stay. The county government of Mr. Lagat will go, but the union and qualified health workers will stay,” said Opetu.

His sentiments were echoed by Bii, who has noted that health workers should not be intimidated by the county government, because they are protected by the law.

“It is unfortunate that the Nandi County Government has refused to adhere to the court order, the issues raised are important in the health workers’ lives. The Governor should be a man enough and face us as a union,” said Bii.

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Maureen Murimi
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