Makueni County Government begins firing striking nurses

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Health care workers from Makueni who held demos to Governor Kibwana's office Wednesday. (Photo - Courtesy)

Makueni County Government Wednesday began the process to terminate contracts for striking health workers (nurses and clinical officers) for absconding their duties.

In a letter seen by Mauvoo news from Makueni health chief officer Dr. Patrick Kibwana, the health workers are said to have no viable reason for being absent from work.

“This office is in receipt of the daily reporting data from the various stations that has been forwarded to us. The attached lists are specifically for dates 8th, 9th, and 10th December 2020 for the contractual staff,” The letter read in part.

“You are hereby required to confirm if the data is correct and have a sitting in your respective HR advisory committees and forward the same duly signed minutes by close of business 16th December for further necessary action,” The letter went on.

The health workers had joined their colleagues countrywide for a strike that began last week on Monday.

On Wednesday, the nurses held demonstrations to the Governor’s office demanding to have their grievances acted on. Some of the grievances include risk allowance, health insurance, enough PPE’s, backpay, promotions, job designation, health service commission among other demands.

They protested the dismissal letters given to some of them for joining the strike.

Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior on social media took a swipe at Governor Kibwana over the issuance of the dismissal letters. Mutula said that health workers have suffered for long and their issues needed to be addressed fast.

“It is a matter of concern that the Government of Makueni County has dismissed nurses and other health workers who have missed work. There is an ongoing strike. Their plight has been discussed and negotiated for far too long now. Health workers need to be given a solution to alleviate suffering,” Mutula in a statement on Facebook said.

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