By Nellie Atieno
COTU Secretary General Mr. Francis Atwoli has dared Medical Services Minister Prof.Anyang Nyong`o not to seek treatment in any hospital in Kenya following his threats to sack the striking doctors.
|Atwoli sign visitors book as Andabwa looks on|
Speaking in Nairobi on Friday, September 21 after opening the office of the Kenya National Private Security Workers Union, Atwoli said that the minister`s action to sack striking doctors who are exercising their rights was a pointer that the he does not respect workers and should not seek treatment services from Kenyan Doctors as the same doctors belong to the working fraternity.
The fiery workers union leader also took a swipe at the Kenyan Cabinet decision to sack the striking teachers saying that action will taint the country`s image negatively and lead to her loss in even trading globally.
He called on political leaders who are seeking for top seats in the March next year General to take matters of workers seriously like defending them or else workers show them ``dust`` in the elections.``Let them stay away far from us but when election time nears they will follow us upto our bedrooms seeking for votes, but you wait until next year I will show you who we vote for``,said Atwoli amid praise from security guards who attended the function.
Security guards in Kenya are among the least paid workers in the country and those who were present at the occasion and had an opportunity to address called on Atwoli to assist them in getting better wages. Their wages according to a survey by the Daily News Kenya range between Kshs 3 000-15 000 but majority of them receive meager earnings in a country whose livelihood is very high and cannot be able to cater for their families well and this according to a Security expert Simiyu Werunga this may greatly compromise the security of the nation especially during this era of terrorism threat.
The security workers union Secretary General Mr. Isaac Andabwa called on the Government to look into the plight of guards workers seriously as they are custodian of what is made in the Kenyan economy.