Break your silence on strike to avert more deaths, Elgeyo nurses tell Uhuru

Striking Elgeyo Marakwet nurses have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to break his silence on the delayed signing of their CBA.

Benson Biwott, the Knun secretary general at the county, chided politicians for prioritising vote-hunting yet ordinary citizens are suffering.

The nurses have been on strike for the past one month. Health services are paralysed in all public hospitals.

Biwott said it is unfortunate that both NASA and Jubilee politicians have remained silent as Kenyans suffer for lack of services.

“It is wrong for our head of state and other politicians to remain silent when their voters are suffering,” Biwott said.

He accused the Salaries and Remuneration Commission of failing to advise governors to sign the nurses CBA.

“No work is going on in health facilities. Patients are dying in numbers,” he said on Thursday.

Biwott said they have word from CoG which reaffirmed commitment to sign the CBA adding that it is the Sarah Serem team that is taking long to okay the plan.

“SRC should be considerate and write a no objection letter to allow governors sign and implement our CBA so that the strike can end,” he said.

The union official said nurses will not return to work until when a deal is reached.

“We shall continue holding protests jointly with nurses in the North Rift to push for the signing of CBA.”

Doctors, under Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union, signed their CBA with the county chiefs.

This ended a protracted tussle over remuneration and better working conditions.

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