Taita-Taveta striking nurses take suprise storm to governor Mruttu's backyard
BY PASCAL MWANDAMBO
Business came to a standstill at the office of Taita-Taveta governor John Mruttu as striking nurses camped outside chanting, dancing and singing while calling for the implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement(CBA) that has been the catalyst of the nurses national strike that entered its 46 day today.
County government staff abandoned their work to watch at the unfolding drama hitherto unseen within the governor’s office.
In previous demos, the nurses and other demonstrators are usually barred from entering the precincts of the governor’s office and are usually addressed outside the gate.
The nurses led by their county officials Boniface Mrashui and Halima Hassan lamented that the government had refused to honour previous pacts reached to end the stalemate, forcing them to down their tools and go on strike.
“The doctors terms were addressed after they downed their tools but it’s unfortunate that the nurses have been left out despite the pivotal role we play in the health care sector,” said Mr Mrashui.
The official while pointing out that nursing was a profession and not a calling, urged governor Mruttu who is the out- going vice-chair of the council of governors to address the plight of the nurses to save patients from the pain and suffering they were undergoing.
Mr Mrashui pointed out that some nurses had not received their pay for the last three months without any tangible explanation being given.
“We understand that some of us have not been paid for four months yet no circular has been issued by the concerned parties to explain this state of affairs,” said Mrashui.
The striking nurses who were also calling for the resignation of the county chief officer of medical health Dr John Logedi , also camped briefly outside the office of the Health CEC Gifton Mkaya .However Mr Mkaya was not available to address the nurses, having left after getting wind of the impending demonstration.
Mr Mrashui asked local leaders not to politicize the nurses predicament saying the problem was of administrative nature and the concerned parties in the nurses stalemate should sit down and iron out the matter once and for all.
The doctors' terms were addressed after they downed their tools but it’s unfortunate that the nurses have been left out despite the pivotal role we play in the health care sector