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Kenyan MPs Shed Tears in Parliament Over Doctor’s Plight [VIDEO]

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  • Three Members of the Parliamentary Health Committee broke down in tears during a session on Wednesday, November 18.

    The three, James Wambura Nyikal (Seme), Sarah Paulata Korere (Laikipia North) and Joyce Akai Emanikor (Turkana Woman Rep), were overwhelmed by emotions after listening to the plight of doctors.

    The committee had been informed that some doctors had not been paid and did not have insurance cover against Covid-19

    Speaking during the session, Nyikal claimed that the treatment the government was meting on health workers countrywide was not fair.

    A doctor carrying out tests at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
    A doctor carrying out tests at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
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    “I wish we were having this meeting in State House with the President chairing then all those who he listens to can make their contribution.

    “Those are the people who we want to listen to this. I don’t like this. It is not fair,” stated Nyikal amid sobs.

    In the clip, while Nyikal was still speaking, the other two lawmakers are also seen shedding tears before wiping them with their handkerchiefs.

    The Seme MP previously served as a Permanent Secretary (PS) and as a Director of Medical Services in former President Mwai Kibaki’s government. 

    “I have not worked as aggressively as I would have because I know we have agreed we are going to have a devolved system of government and I know that a person who is running an institution will feel disenfranchised if the people that he is working with are being employed, promoted and disciplined by somebody else.

    “That is the reality and the governors are not wrong to be reluctant,” he continued noting that the government had failed to properly implement the constitution.

    His impassioned speech led to the moderator of the event to calm him down.

    In the recent months, doctors and nurses have issued strike notices over what they termed as poor pays accusing the state of not honouring the Collective Bargain Agreement that would furnish them with allowances including cars and see them paid for overtime.

    The committee was also informed of an incident in which a doctor was dismissed from his job in Lamu after contracting Covid-19 virus.

    In August, Kisumu health workers had also interrupted services for six days over non-payment dating as far back as March 2020.

    Below is the video of the lawmakers:

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