Several county governments are racing against time to raise funds for medics’ salary arrears to avert go-slows in the fight against Covid19.
The counties that have written to the National Treasury to release the funds from the exchequer account are yet to receive the payments even as they continue equipping their health facilities to cater for Covid19 cases that may be detected in their areas.
Union officials in some of the affected counties have already petitioned the governors to release the salaries to avert impending industrial action. The affected counties include Kirinyaga, Vihiga and Homa Bay.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru confirmed yesterday that indeed, medics in the county have not received their pay.
“No one in my county has been paid March salary as we are yet to receive exchequer from the National Treasury on the same. However, we are expecting that the same will be released this coming week,” she said.
Kenya Clinical Officers Union (KCOU) Secretary General George Gibore said the workers have been caught in between going on a go-slow and catering for patients during this Covid19 pandemic that has caused havoc in the whole world.
“We are having a crisis meeting on Monday morning to see how we can engage the various county leaderships. This will enable us come up with a better solution given that the healthy workers are the ones in the frontline in fighting against Coronavirus,” he said.
In Vihiga County where medics took the decision to “Stay at Home” as they wait for their salaries, a group of 518 employees recruited in May last year have been operating without pay since October despite a court order that directed Governor Wilbur Otichillo’s government to release the pay.