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Sunday, July 23, 2017

NASA threatens to stop importation of doctors from Tanzania

NASA members led by co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula in Kitengela./courtesy
NASA members led by co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula in Kitengela./courtesy

NASA on Sunday said it will reject government’s plan to hire doctors from Tanzania.

The opposition team was speaking at Kitengela during a joint political rally led by NASA co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.

Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwawe’s was the first to raise the doctor's issue, saying NASA will contest the importation of doctors until the government settles out Kenyan doctors’ pay issues.

“We have a stake in this government and the Jubilee government cannot pretend to love the citizens of this country by importing doctors without settling what is ailing its doctors at home,” said Khalwale.

On Saturday, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said his country will send 500 doctors to Kenya to mitigate the effects of the 100-day doctor's strike.

Read:[VIDEO] Tanzania agrees to send 500 doctors to Kenya

Khalwale‘s sentiments were echoed by Makueni Senator, Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, who claimed that importing 500 doctors at the expense of so many unemployed medics is “mischief” on the part of the government.

But on Sunday, State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu denied claims that there are 1,400 jobless doctors in the country.

He said doctors are the only cadre of professionals that are posted directly to hospitals from college.

Read; State dismisses claim 1,400 doctors are jobless

KMPDU secretary general Ouma Oluga on Saturday criticised the government for bringing new doctors from Tanzania yet Kenya has many unemployed doctors.

"Kenya has about 1,400 doctors awaiting employment. It would be very costly and therefore a show of imprudent public finance management to have 500 Tanzania doctors at Sh20,000 per day," Oluga said.

Read: Hire 1,400 jobless Kenyans instead of bringing Tanzania doctors -Oluga

Khalwale told Kajiado people not to trust former Interior CS, Joseph ole Lenku, to succeed governor David Nkedianye in the August polls.

“That former CS is a complete failure and has no place to fit in Kajiado politics. He will plunder the county’s resources if elected the way the Jubilee government has messed up the economy of this country,” claimed Khalwale.

Wetangula disclosed that all the principals in NASA are quite aware that none of them can make it to the presidency without the support of the rest.

“No one should push us to name our presidential candidate at this time. There is no crisis in NASA as those in Jubilee want to tell Kenyans. We are aware that no one of us can make to the Presidency singlehanded without the support of the other,” said Wetangula.

Musyoka, who spoke first, said nothing will deter NASA from taking the leadership from Jubilee comes election time.

“This time round, we are determined more than before in this race to State House, come rain or sunshine,” said Musyoka.

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