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Kenya sacks 25,000 striking health workers

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  1. Invisible

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    By James Macharia | Reuters

    Kenya's government said today it had sacked 25,000 public health workers after they refused to end their week-long stoppage over pay.

    Unemployed or retired health workers in the east African country were asked to report to their nearest health facility on Friday morning to be interviewed for the vacant posts, a government spokesman said.

    The striking health workers' union said the government was trying to blackmail them and they would not back down from their demands for higher allowances.

    The protest is the latest in a string of strikes to grip Kenya in the past year after consumer prices soared, fanning widespread discontent.

    "We are ignoring the sacking threat," Alex Orina, spokesman of the 40,000-strong Kenya Health Professionals Society, said.

    "These are cat-and-mouse games, you cannot sack an entire workforce. It is a ploy to get us to rush back to work, but our strike continues until our demands are met," Orina told Reuters.

    Doctors, university lecturers, primary school teachers and employees of the state broadcaster have also taken strike action. The government said the health workers were acting unethically.

    "Twenty five thousand of these officers (health workers) have by this morning been deleted from the payroll. Letters of dismissal are ready and are being issued," government spokesman Alfred Mutua told reporters.

    "The government has taken this firm action to alleviate further suffering of innocent Kenyans."

    "CAT-AND-MOUSE GAMES"

    Mutua said some of the striking health workers had returned to work after being ordered to do so by the government, and those workers would not be dismissed.

    Last week the government threatened to sack striking workers at the state broadcaster, but offered better conditions after meeting the workers.

    Frustration has been mounting in Kenya at the high cost of food and fuel, in particular. The government will be keen for the rate of inflation to maintain its downward trend ahead of a general election expected by March next year at the latest.

    Kenya's inflation rate slowed for the third consecutive month to 16.7 percent in February, after reaching 20 percent in November.

    Orina said, on average, a health worker earns about 25,000 shillings ($300) a month in salary and allowances, and this amount was likely to double if their demand for higher allowances were met.

    Private hospitals and clinics, where richer families send their sick, have opened as usual because their nurses are not members of the strikers' union.


    ($1 = 82.7500 Kenyan shillings)

    (Additional reporting by Humphrey Malalo; Editing by David Clarke and Robert Woodward)
     
  2. Bigirita

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    Hii series nayo naona imefikia season III.
    Ngoja tuendelee kuangalia!
     
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    1. Ukiona mwenzako ananyolewa? ....................


    2. ....----.... akili za tz Drs?....., ongeza na za mbayuwayu....%#@ hosps*&^$$!!!
     
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    thats just intimidation so who will replace them??
     
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    Aisee... hivi wanadhani ndio solution? Kama una watu 25,000 mbele yako wanakwambia something is not right how dare you tell them to F*ck off na unawareplace na wengine under the same conditions? Watumie busara bwana, people don't strike for fun!
     
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    Divide and rule... watch out Tanzania doctors!
     
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    Are these people deliberately obtuse?
     
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    And that is the solution primier is talking about!

    They will dare this time!
    The guys will be divided, very soon.
     
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    kuna wakati hata mtu wa maabara anaitwa dokta
     
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    aisee itakuwa swaping nzuri kweli. Wa kenya waje bongo na wa bongo waende kenya!
     
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    ..hii iliwahi kutokea hapa Tanzania nadhani kipindi cha Rais Mkapa, kipindi hicho Waziri wa Afya kama sikosei alikuwa Anna Abdallah. na nadhani ilikuwa ni order kutoka Ikulu kwa Mkulu mwenyewe Che Nkapa. Kama kawaida hulka ya Mkapa ni m-babe, hakuitaji discussions na Madaktari.
     
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    Nacheki tv(ya kenya)madaktari 25,000 wamefukuzwa waliokua kwenye mgomo,kenya rais kikwete anahutubia taifa kupitia wazee wa dar saa kumi ss sijui kama na yy ataiga huo mkumbo au lah.
     
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    Hata Pinda mwezi uliopita alisema hivyo hivyo amewafukuza lakini akaja kukana.
     
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    Source BBC

    Taarifa toka Kenya kuwa kutokana na mgomo wa madaktari wa wiki mbili imeanua kuwafuta kazi wahudumu wa afya takriban 2,500 na wametangaza nafasi mpya za kazi kuanzia Ijumaa.

    Mie nadhan jk anaenda kuiga ya Kenya sijui atafanikiwa maana hata waliopo hawatoshi au kuna voda fasta wa Pinda keshaandaa na after all wao hawatibiwi ktk hospital zetu hawana hasara hata akifukuza wote tufe vzr pasaka inakaribia wakutolewa kafara Pirato (JK) kesho anatoa hukumu
     
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    Safi sana JK na wewe fanya kweli kesho washike adabu yao.
     
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    Popcorn pls
     
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    hauna kumbukumbu wewe.
     
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    Usiige kunya kwa tembo hujui wenzako wana mipango gani ya baadae.
     
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    Hapo kwenye red; saa kumi ya lini kesho, keshokutwa au....???!
     
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    Hiyo ya Kenya ni sawa na ile movie ya Pinda - Karimjee. Serikali ya Kenya haina ubavu wa kufukuza madaktari 25,000. Wanatishia njau.
     
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