Opinion: Jubilee government detains protesting health care officials; instead of negotiating and having dialogue with the KMPDU!
The Kenyan government under the Jubilee leadership never stops giving; the Jubilee government under President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto wants to offer the world something astonishing. The same government that tries to disband and discontinue the refugee camp of Dadaab, are now prioritizing to detain and jail Health Care officials who works for a fair pay and working conditions for the Union Members. That is what the Kenyan government is up-to and what values they have!
“The Court has sentenced Doctors’ union officials to one month in jail after they failed to reach an agreement and call off medics strike as directed. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials appeared in Milimani Law Courts earlier this morning. Judge Hellen Wasilwa had suspended their jail term and directed Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli to lead negotiations to bring an end to the industrial action. The meeting which included KMPDU officials, Council of Governors, the Treasury, Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and other Government organs hit a deadlock after the doctors refused another deal offered by the government arguing that it is not what they were bargaining for” (Asamba, 2017).
The government that have left the NYS Scandal involved off the hook, the ones who stole the funds from Eurobonds has also been left free and so on goes it. The Jubilee government accept and produces corrupt behaviour like too much use of sugar make people diabetic. The government are behind a new scandal, instead of trying to give a proper deal and righteous deal to the Health Care union KMPDU.
That the Kenyan government doesn’t go into dialogue with the Union and KMPDU officials, instead they are jailing them for wanting the best for their members. Giving them a proper salary and working condition. The KMPDU are only doing what a union is supposed to do and because of that they are soon behind bars. If the politicians was doing what they was supposed to do, they would try to make sufficient funds ready to supply proper wages to the Kenyan medics and doctors, also make sure the Ministry of Health had enough civil servants to meet the patience and at the hospitals. Instead they are sending them court-side and also going to jail!
“Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary General Francis Atwoli wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to reign on Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu and Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri to end the ongoing doctors’ strike. On Sunday, Mr Atwoli admitted that had been unable to end the doctors’ strike, signalling a continuation of the protracted industrial action that is in its third month. He blamed the prolonged industrial action on antagonism between the two high-ranking government officials. He said: “During the talks, we discovered that there is infighting at the Ministry of Health that involves the Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu and the Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri. This affected our negotiations with the doctors’ union.” (Niyitegeka, 2017)
That the Ministry of Health are having internal problems as they were trying to negotiate with the KMPDU, it is not strange that the MOH couldn’t fix a deal; when they couldn’t work together internally. President Kenyatta and DP Ruto should mediate internally with their elected officials, so they could arrange a peaceful dialogue with the Medical Union and the Doctors who works under state contracts. Therefore if these reports are true, than the MOH has to clear shop internally and then meet the Union.
The State shouldn’t detain the officials; they should go in dialogue and fix the issues that are the reason for the strike and the arrays that are missing for the doctors. If not the warpath are only hurting the citizens and the patience at the hospitals. The Jubilee government shouldn’t wish for these dire situation months in advance of fresh elections. There are already a big sheet of scandals under the recent administration. They do not need a more prolonged strikes in the hospitals. They need to fix it and pay-up to the professional health care workers! Not detaining them! Peace.
Asamba, Mercy – ‘Court sentences Doctors’ union officials to one month in jail’ (13.02.2017) link: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001229238/doctors-union-officials-jailed
Niyitegeka, Theophile – ‘Kenya:Health CS, PS rivalry to blame for doctors strike, says Atwoli’ (13.02.2017) link: http://en.igihe.com/news/kenya-health-cs-ps-rivalry-to-blame-for-doctors.html