Trans Nzoia Governor Threatens to Replace Striking Doctors with Ugandan Medics

Trans Nzoia governor threatens to fire striking doctors, replace them with Ugandans if they don't resume duty immediately, as nationwide doctors' strike in Kenya continues for 41 days.

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Trans Nzoia Governor Threatens to Replace Striking Doctors with Ugandan Medics

Trans Nzoia Governor Threatens to Replace Striking Doctors with Ugandan Medics

Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has issued an ultimatum to striking doctors in the county, threatening to dismiss them and replace them with doctors from Uganda if they do not resume duty immediately. The nationwide doctors' strike in Kenya has been ongoing for 41 days, with the doctors protesting the government's failure to adhere to their 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Natembeya stated that since the East African Community protocols allow free movement of labor, he will declare vacancies and recruit doctors from Uganda. "Since the East African Community protocols allow free movement of labor, I will declare vacancies and recruit doctors from Uganda," he said.

The governor claimed that the county has addressed the grievances raised by the medics, except for the promotion of nine doctors, which is pending with the County Public Service Board. He warned that the striking health workers in Trans Nzoia will not receive their April salaries and risk losing their jobs from May if they do not resume duty immediately.

The Trans Nzoia County Government has given the striking doctors a two-week notice to resume duty or face dismissal. "The county government has fulfilled its obligations to the doctors, and the strike is now causing suffering for the people," Natembeya warned. He threatened to delete from the payroll any doctors who do not return to work by the end of the month.

Why this matters: The ongoing doctors' strike in Kenya has severely impacted healthcare services across the country, with many patients unable to access essential medical care. The threat by Governor Natembeya to replace striking doctors with Ugandan medics highlights the escalating tensions between the government and healthcare workers, as well as the potential regional implications of the strike.

Reuben Oroni, the county's peace ambassador, has urged the government and the striking doctors to find a middle ground and engage in open dialogue to resolve the impasse. He emphasized that many lives have been lost due to the ongoing strike and called for a swift resolution to the crisis.

Key Takeaways

  • Trans Nzoia governor threatens to fire striking doctors, hire Ugandans
  • Doctors' strike in Kenya ongoing for 41 days over 2017 CBA dispute
  • County claims grievances addressed, warns of no pay and dismissal
  • Strike severely impacts healthcare, regional implications highlighted
  • Peace ambassador urges dialogue to resolve impasse and save lives