Defiant doctors to hold demo in Nairobi, request police for security

Defiant doctors to hold demo in Nairobi, request police for security

Doctors hold strike in Nairobi on March 22, 2024. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has announced a peaceful march regarding the doctors’ nationwide strike.

In a letter addressed to Nairobi Regional Police Commander Adamson Bungei, KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atellah has appealed to the police officers to provide security during the Tuesday procession.

The doctors will first convene at the Kenyatta National Hospital, then at the Ministry of Health, proceed to the Council of Governors, and finally at the National Treasury. 

This announcement comes just two days after the Inspector General of Police, Japhet Koome stated that doctors have become a public nuisance and are conducting the strikes and processions without apprising police officers, which he said is contrary to the law. 

“The medics have become a public nuisance, blowing whistles and vuvuzelas during the demonstrations thus causing discomfort to patients in hospitals and general public,” a statement from the IG on Sunday detailed. 

The defiant doctors together with the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Katiba Institute (KI), and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) would later respond to Koome and demand that he issue an apology and withdraw his statement by 6 pm on Sunday, April 14.

"In your retraction, you must also apologise for the violent attack by police on Dr. Davji Atellah on 27 February 2024," read the statement.

Doctors decided to take it to the streets on March 14 to demand the posting of interns and the implementation of other agreements in the 2017 CBA. 


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