Past photo of Moi University Vice Chancelllor Prof.Isaac Kosgey.

Moi University Accused of Intimidating Striking Doctor-Lecturers

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU) is now accusing Moi University of intimidating striking doctor-lecturers.

KMPDU North Rift officials claim the university has served some of the doctor-lecturers with show course letters, with others getting suspension letters.

In a media briefing at St. Lukes’ Hospital in Eldoret, KMPDU North Rift chairman Dr. Darwin Ambuka said they will not succumb to the threats and intimidations.

“No amount of intimidations can make us bow out of this strike. Intimidation is the last game you can call on such industrial action, especially to people that received the money and misappropriated,” said Dr. Ambuka.

Past photo of KMPDU North Rift chairman Dr. Darwin Ambuka with MTRH CEO Dr. Wilson Aruasa.

He insisted that the strike is still on and that they are ready to carry on to its full length.

According to the doctors’ union, all laid down procedures were followed before they proceeded on strike.

“We gave Moi University management a strike notice, clearly explaining why we were proceeding to the industrial action,” said Dr. Ambuka.

Also Read: Moi University Doctor-Lecturers Announce Strike Over Ksh200 Million Unpaid Salaries, Allowances

The Moi University doctor-lecturers’ strike is entering its 42nd day.

Over 150 doctor-lecturers are on strike demanding payment of over Ksh200 million in arrears for their salaries and allowances.

Moi University owes each of the doctor-lecturers Ksh1.5 million.

KMPDU North Rift
Past photo of KMPDU national chairman Dr. Abidan Mwachi (in suit) with North Rift officials

“The monies were given out by the Treasury. We have evidence to confirm that Moi University received the funds but they misappropriated,” noted the KMPDU North Rift chairman.

Similar sentiments were shared by KMPDU North Rift branch secretary Dr. Kamunzi Mulei who called on EACC and Judiciary’s division of Criminal Justice to also investigate the institution.

Also Read: Learning at Moi University College of Health Sciences Disrupted As Doctor-Lecturers Begin Strike

“We want to call upon even if it’s the President to come to the rescue of this university otherwise it’s going to collapse and the blame will be on people given money to pay doctors allowances and they ate,” Dr. Mulei said.

The Moi University strike has paralyzed learning at the institutions’ College of Health Sciences.

Some services at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) have also been affected as some of the doctor-lecturers also work at the health facility.

Among other issues that the doctor-lecturers want to be addressed is recognition of KMPDU by the Kesses-based University.

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