Council of Governors chairman Peter Munya has announced that the Government will hire new doctors from Tanzania and Cuba in three weeks time.
Speaking during the Fourth Annual Devolution Conference in Naivasha on Wednesday, Munya stated that doctors who had not yet resumed work should consider themselves jobless from now henceforth.
Munya's announcement comes barely hours after the Government withdrew an enhanced offer of Sh14.5 billion it had made to the doctors in a bid to bring the over three-month-long strike by the medics to an end.
The striking doctors had been offered a 50 percent salary increment and an additional Sh600 million, as backdated allowances, that was offered as a sign of goodwill. These offers would have pushed the doctors' annual wage bill to an excess of Sh14.5 billion.
The medics, however, rejected the offer and returned to their demand for the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) to be signed.
Addressing the conference on Tuesday, President Kenyatta warned that his government will no longer tolerate the ongoing strike, which he termed as a blackmail against Kenyans.
"I can assure you, if the ongoing talks spearheaded by the religious leaders fail, we will take action," Kenyatta stated.
A visibly agitated Kenyatta added that the doctors had been offered more money than they can earn in the private sector and that they were still taking "Kenyans for fools".
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