November 21st 2017

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Nurses in Embu vow to campaign against Wambora’s re-election

Over 3,000 nurses in the county said they will mobilize their families to vote out Wambora whom they blamed for ignoring the health sector in the last four years.

By Lucy Mwihakilmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 24 Jun 2017 13:21 EAT

Striking nurses in Embu have vowed to campaign against Governor Martin Wambora in the August polls accusing him of failing to address their grievances. Over 3,000 nurses in the county said they will mobilize their families to vote out Wambora whom they blamed for ignoring the health sector in the last four years.

“We are tired of the current regime and are more than ready to send them home. They have completely neglected us and we will show no mercy in the august elections “said their branch secretary who is also the National Chairperson Joseph Ngwaci.

Mr Ngwaci said that the change of regime in county might be a big relief to health sector that was ailing due to poor working conditions and pay of the workers.

Embu senator Mr Lenny Kivuti who is eyeing Wambora’s seat in August, held a meeting with the nurses where he said” if elected I will fix the ills in the county’s health sector. Cases of health workers strike will be a thing of the past in the county “he said.

Meanwhile, the nurses in Busia County have vowed to continue with strike irrespective of whether the government signs the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or not. Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Busia branch Chairman Isaiah Omondi said the Health Sector in the county was on its deathbed because of many factors besides money.

KNUN Busia branch secretary general, Juliet Adagala said the strike was not politically instigated, adding that the union members were from all tribes in the country. She urged the Busia governor Mr Sospeter Ojaamong to work closely with the other governors’ to ensure that CBA is signed.

But Busia CEC for health and sanitation, Mr Maurice Siminyu urged the nurses to obey the request by chairman, the council of governors, Mr Josephat Nanok to go back to work and offer services to the members of the public.

The chairman of the Council of Governors has requested individual counties to talk to nurses to resume work as talks among Union official, CoG and the salaries and remuneration commission continues.

Additional reporting by KNA

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