In Summary

  • The protesting nurses vowed to continue with the strike until the State meets their demands.
  • So far, several health facilities have been closed in the region over the strike.

Nurses in Kisii on Wednesday staged a mock burial for Council of Governors Chairman Josephat Nanok and Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) boss Sarah Serem to protest failure to sign their Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The health workers chanted songs and waved placards as they carried two ‘coffins’ mounted with photographs of the two in a demonstration that brought business in Kisii town to a standstill.

The protesting nurses were led by Kenya National Union of Nurses Union branch chairman Fredrick Oigo, Secretary General Moses Rianga and his deputy Eric Rioba.

Mr Rioba called on Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu to resign for failure to resolve the nurses’ strike.

DEMANDS

"His continued stay in charge of the ministry is a reflection of the tragedy that has become the government's unwillingness to fulfill pledges made to health staff," he said.

The protesting nurses vowed to continue with the strike until the State meets their demands.

"Our strike is a legitimate and justified to protest against the government's casual and insensitive treatment of nurses, who are overworked, underpaid and neglected. We shall not be cowed from our resolve to secure better working conditions," said the union official.

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