Senators Hassan Omar, Mutula Kilonzo Blame Uhuru for Deaths Due to Doctors' Strike

  • By Benjamin Muriuki on Sunday, 15 January 2017 - 3:02pm
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    President Uhuru Kenyatta with Chief of Defense Forces Samson Mwathethe PSCU
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has been blamed for the death of Kenyans who have perished due to the ongoing doctors’ strike.

    Addressing the press on Sunday, Senators Hassan Omar (Mombasa) and Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Machakos) remarked that President Kenyatta and the Governors should take full responsibility for the lives lost.

    The two legislators supported the doctors in the calls for the implementation of their CBA, adding that they were exploring ways of ending the strike including invoking the Senate to intervene.

    “It is shameful for a country to take this long to resolve a crisis in the health sector,” said Mr Omar.

    Kilonzo Jnr faulted the government for threatening to jail officials of the doctors' union and stated that he was ready to offer pro bono legal services to the doctors.

    “Parties have acted in bad faith, they have demonized doctors and they are threatening to jail them. Doctors are simply saying that they should be paid, not immediately. The CBA should be registered in court as an exhibition of good faith,” said Mr Kilonzo Jr.⁠⁠⁠⁠

    On Thursday, the Employment and Labour Relations Court sentenced six officials of the doctors' union to a one-month suspended sentence.

    Justice Hellen Wasilwa ordered officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) to call off the strike and finalise negotiations in the next two weeks.

    Justice Wasilwa said if the strike is not ended in two weeks the officials will be thrown behind bars.

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