Society / Health & Science
Saturday, 06 May 2017 11:47 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Doctors in the South Rift region have begun a go-slow over five months' salary arrears. Addressing a press conference at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital yesterday ahead of the commencement of the strike this morning, the doctors led by the KMPDU south rift secretary Dr Davji Atellah said that despite a directive by the president to the Council of Governors to pay doctors for the duration they were on strike, they are yet to receive the money from the county government.
The secretary expressed concern that most doctors are unable to pay rent and fuel their vehicles to work due to the non-payment of salaries dating back to December and allowances for the same period. The go-slow is expected to cover facilities in Kajiado, Bomet, Laikipia and Narok counties from tomorrow.
Dr Atellah accused the Bomet county government for victimizing doctors who participated in the strike, and regretted that this was going against the agreement signed between the doctors' union and the government, which brought to an end the longest doctors strike in Kenya's history.
Another official, Dr Calvin Masete, observed that some counties have implemented the pay deal and wondered why it was becoming difficult for those in the South Rift to follow suit. Only Kericho has implemented the agreement in the region.
The new strike comes only two days after the county government of Nakuru released an internal memo alerting its workers about the delay in releasing of April salaries, a development it blamed on the failure by the Treasury to release monies to county governments. The staff were required to be patient as efforts are made to clear the salaries by the end of this week.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County