Nurses threaten to join push for referendum

By Correspondent
Health workers are now threatening to join the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) referendum quest if their issues are not adequately addressed.

Addressing the press in Nairobi Thursday morning, the Nurses union Secretary General Seth Panyako said that health workers have not been paid from April this year in some of the 47 counties.
Panyako warned that health workers will down their tools come Monday if their salary is not paid. Nurses in some counties have reportedly started a go slow ahead of the intended nationwide strike. Some County governments have blamed the national government for the nonpayment of health workers’ salaries.
On Wednesday, CORD launched the collection five million signatures to actualize its referendum push.
The launch by CORD Principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula attracted religious leaders, a number of CORD governors, members of the civil Society and leaders of political parties.
Speaking during the launch at Ufungamano house, Wetang’ula noted that the Okoa Kenya initiative is not only for CORD but sets up a platform for all Kenyans to discus critical issues affecting the nation.
He said the launch is the beginning of a journey to review the constitution to ensure effective governance but accused the Jubilee government of rejecting calls for a national dialogue.
On his part, Odinga said that CORD’s push for a referendum should not be linked to the governors’ latest push for a plebiscite.
He said the coalition issues are distinct and include land, devolution, electoral reforms, security, inclusivity and equality among others.
NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua, Former Permanent Secretary Dr. Richard Leakey as well as Catholic Church Archbishops Zacheaus Okoth and Timothy Ndambuki were present at the CORD signature launch.
Meanwhile, NARC Kenya Party leader Martha Karua says that the country still needs a national dialogue on various issues affecting the nation.
Karua argues the many issues affecting the nation cannot be addressed through a national referendum alone but through dialogue.
Speaking during the launch of CORD’s Okoa Kenya movement, Karua accused the Jubilee of ignoring calls for a national dialogue saying that the government should change its attitude towards political parties that lost in the 2013 General Elections and listen to them on matters of national interest.
The NARC Kenya party leader also took issue with supremacy battles between the Senate, National Assembly and governors. She warned that such wars would compromise service delivery to the people.