Uhuru, Ruto urged to suspend campaigns to address strikes

The civil society have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to suspend their re-election campaigns and intervene to end the ongoing strikes in the country.

Currently, nurses are on a strike demanding for the recognition of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between them and the national government.

The strike has paralysed crucial operations in public health facilities and has left many Kenyans suffering as they have to seek treatment from private hospitals.

On Monday, university staff also downed tools over an unfulfilled CBA signed on May 8, between universities’ staff unions and the government.

The members of the civil society have said the buck stops with the President and his Deputy and called for their urgent intervention to end the stalemates.

STRIKE

“Patients are suffering over the CBA dispute. Families have lost their loved ones since the strike started, whereas the Head of State and even the opposition National Super Alliance continue with campaigns ahead of the August 8 general election.

“We appeal to them to halt the campaigns and help end the suffering,”said Mr Kemunche Masese, the coordinator Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance.

The activists further said it is unfair for politicians seeking various seats to continue with campaigns when Kenyans are dying and universities operations grounded.

“It is saddening that even those seeking to be elected as governors, senators and MPs seem not to care about the plight of Kenyans. Why are we then holding an election in August?” said Mr Jesse Karanja, the chairman People’s Power Watch group.

HOSPITAL

Mr David Kuria of the Nakuru Human Rights Network also called for intervention by the Head of State.

Meanwhile, services at public health facilities in Nakuru County remained paralysed as the nurses kept off work.

The Nakuru Level Five Hospital, the region’s largest referral hospital, has been affected as nurses continue with their strike.

The referral hospital serves patients from as far as Nakuru, Baringo, Samburu, Nyahururu, Kericho and Laikipia counties.

There was no learning at Egerton University’s main campus in Njoro and its branches in Nakuru town.

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