KENYAN SENATOR THREATENS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT FOR FAILING TO END DOCTORS’ STRIKE

The senator for the western Kenya county of Nyamira, Okongo Mong’are, has threatened to table a motion of impeachment against President Uhuru Kenyatta for failing to resolve a strike by public sector doctors.

Mong’are told journalists Sunday that he had spoken to more than 10 Members of Parliament in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, where the impeachment will originate. He accused President Kenyatta of allegedly violating the Constitution in connection with the ongoing health crisis.

His remarks comeafter the doctors on Friday rejected the President’s offer to end their strike and insisted instead on the government implementing in full a 2013 collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Advisory Council, said anything short of the 2013 CBA is not an offer to doctors.

The officials said the CBA is a legal document and the government should honor it.

Meanwhile, the government has sought to re-assure Kenyans that it is committed to ending the strike. State House (presidential office) spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the government was ready to continue talks with the striking doctors.

He said the CBA which the doctors want implemented was not approved by Kenya’s Salaries and Remuneration Commission and therefore implementing it would be against the Constitution. He said the government’s offer was still on the table.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK