IT’S TIME TO SPEAK ABOUT THE DOCTORS STRIKE IN KENYA.

What the CBA means for Kenyans.

Our country is in a desperate state. On one side of the divide, we have a government that does not care about its citizens but is only concerned about whether it will be re-elected. On the other hand, we have a clueless opposition whose main concern is to unseat the ruling government. In the end, the ordinary Kenyan has no one to speak for them. It is said that the moment we stop talking is the moment we stop fighting. So let’s sit down and engage in a little chat over the ongoing doctor’s strike in Kenya. Let it not just be a little chat, but serious discourse since this is a serious matter that requires every citizen to think carefully.

I do not understand why a responsible citizen of this country would only be worried about elections which come in seven months while there is an urgent matter that requires our attention. A majority of Kenyans do not understand why the doctors are on strike. The mainstream media has made them believe that all the doctors want is a 300% increase in salaries. How many people have taken it upon themselves to consider the other aspects included in the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)?

Kenyan doctors are a patient people. They have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that they care about the lives of Kenyans having waited for more than three years before calling another strike. Anyone who says the doctors are selfish simply doesn’t understand what they go through.

The sad state is that as the government continues to trash the demands by the Doctors, the clueless opposition sits on the sidelines doing nothing. When a Judge accuses doctors of “stinking sewage,” it says a lot about our values and the disrespect we have for our doctors. A state that jails its doctors for demanding their rights is a failing state, which is a euphemism for a state I would call failed. Under the leadership of our very able immediate former chief justice, I believed the judiciary had been transformed. However, it appears that the more things change, the more they remain the same. The judiciary seems to be dancing to the whims of the executive. The doctrine of the separation of powers among the three arms of governments seems to be in jeopardy in Kenya. When judgments are made, it is not only important that justice is done, but justice must appear to have been done. Will jailing the Union officials give back the suffering Kenyans the quality health for which they yearn? The fact that the judge trashed the CBA terming it illegal, and laid no blame to the government should call a lot to suspicion. The stalemate in the health sector must not be blamed one party.

In my opinion, we must rise together as Kenyans and make the people we gave the positions of power listen to our doctors and restore services in our public hospitals. We must stand with our doctors. As I finish, I want to remind you that it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick and no one knows the time when they will fall ill. The time to speak up is now!

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