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Sunday 26 October 2014


Bungoma county health workers on contract have given the county government a one- month ultimatum to absorb them failure to which they will resort to mass action to force the county government to employ them permanently.
Addressing the press during a meeting with all the 206 contracted county health workers at Christ the King Church hall, the national general secretary of nurses union Seth Panyako said that the contracted nurses had waited for four years to be confirmed but the county government had ignored their services and instead employed inexperienced trainees.
The county government of Bungoma through the director of medical services in Bungoma District Hospital Wekesa Kubasu has not carried out interviews. They are planning to do so on diverse dates between November 3 to 7 this year with word already out that a number of applicants have been favoured to be confirmed in their respective job groups.
Sources revealed that a total of 109 health workers had been employed and spread out to the nine subcounties and that none  out of them was from the 206 health workers who were working on contract in the health sector.
We have established that due to corrupt deals, the students that the contracted health workers have been training, and even others who are still in school, are being given letters of employment while leaving out those who have been offering the services, something that is really demoralising and worrying.
The county government has failed to accomplish their pledge of starting off the interviews towards the employment of the said contracted workers which has led others to demand for their letters from the office of the governor. That Lusaka is losing ground is well manifested when he was heckled while opening a bus park in Bungoma town. All local MPs have deserted him and a one Wycliffe Wangamati, son of the Luhya Council of Elders chairman and nominated MP is the man to watch come 2017.

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