Nurses from public hospitals in Murang’a County on Monday staged a demonstration outside the county governor’s office demanding their salaries.
The officers carrying placards chanted songs castigating the county government for failing to honor return to work agreement which indicated the health workers will get salaries for the months they were on strike.
They claimed in the agreement which was signed between their union, ministry of health and council of governors, nurses who participated in the strike should get their salaries.
Led by local Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) officials, the nurses vowed not to return to work until the governor pays them salary for the five months they participated on strike last year.
KNUN Murang’a branch Chairman Mr. Kenneth Kihato blamed the county administration for frustrating nurses even after they agreed to return to work.
He alleged that the treasury has released their money saying in Murang’a the money is being diverted to cater for other things.
“We are very much sure the treasury released our salaries but here we are being treated like criminals and we have agreed not to go back to our work stations until we get our money,” added Kihato.
He observed that other counties nurses have been paid wondering why in Murang’a their salaries have been held.
“Our colleagues in other counties got their salaries but here we are being told that the money will buy water pipes. Let the governor buy water pipes and give our residents’ water but he should know that our money must be paid,” he stressed.
No county official who addressed the nurses despite singing and shouting at the gate of the county offices.
Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria has been in record saying he will not pay salaries for the months nurses participated on strike.
Mwangi termed the strike was illegal and thus those who took part in it and paralyzed delivery of health services should not be paid.
He instead stated that the money which was meant to pay nurses, will be used to buy water pipes for more connections of water to locals.
Two weeks ago, in a move suspected to counter nurse strikes, the county government launched Voluntary Community Nursing programme aimed helping treat aged people who cannot reach hospital.
The programme is yet to kick off following low registration of those who want to be involved in giving nursing services.