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Can Machakos sack its striking Doctors as per the Governor’s Directive?

“This strike has been politicized and therefore if these doctors do not resume work they will be replaced,” said Dr Mutua, adding that he would engage medical practitioners from neighbouring countries like Tanzania and even South Africa to ensure normalcy is restored in the health sector.

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comThursday, 09 Mar 2017 10:37 EAT

Dr Mutua speaking at Kangundo High school. (Photo: Rose Mukonyo/Kenya Free Press).

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has given an ultimatum of 24 hours to the striking doctors from Machakos County to return to work or face the sack. Speaking at Kangundo High School grounds on Wednesday, the governor said the salary demands made by the doctors were unrealistic and unattainable.

“This strike has been politicized and therefore if these doctors do not resume work they will be replaced,” said Dr Mutua, adding that he would engage medical practitioners from neighbouring countries like Tanzania and even South Africa to ensure normalcy is restored in the health sector. “All the lives we have lost as Kenyans as a result of the doctor’s strike is in their hands, theirs is a calling not just a profession”.

The big question should be: Is Machakos County in a position to hire doctors from the neighbouring countries while it has been unable to pay the current doctors? Will the county be able to sustain the new doctors after hiring them? And if they hire them, where will they get the money to pay these new doctors that it could not afford to pay the current doctors?

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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