• May 20, 2024
  • Last Update May 20, 2024 4:07 PM
  • Nairobi

Doctors set for another round of demos


By Peter Ochieng

The Kenya Medical Practioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has invited its members to another round of peaceful demonstrations, in the wake of the ongoing strike.

Doctors have been on strike for over 21 days, pushing for among others, the implementation of the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the posting of intern doctors.

KMPDU on Friday urged its members to come out in large numbers for peaceful demonstrations on Tuesday next week, over ‘inaction’ by the government towards ending the ongoing doctors’ strike.

“KMPDU extends a nationwide invitation to all doctors, medical interns and medical students to join us in peaceful demonstrations on Tuesday, April 9, 2024,” the union said in a message posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“Let’s unite our voices to advocate for the rights of doctors and strive for improved healthcare standards for Kenyans.”

In a letter addressed to Nairobi Regional Police commender Adamson Bungei, KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atellah urged him to provide security during the demos.

“In light of the importance of maintaining order as ensuring the safety of all participants, we kindly request your assistance in providing security during this event. Your cooperation and support in facilitating a peaceful and orderly procession would be greatly affected,” said the SG.

“The route of the procession will be from Kenyatta National Hospital, Ministry of Health, Council of Governors and subsequently the Treasurer,” he added.

The doctors’ previous street protest just before they embarked on the current strike, was ‘violently dispersed’ by the police.

Atellah was injured in the process, after being hit by a teargas canister on the head.

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