Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said that the Council of Governors has no say in the striking Nurses’ demands over increased salaries and allowances.
Addressing the press at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Busia on Sunday where he attended a farewell Service for retired Vicar-General Venerable Daniel Olando and former Curate Rev. David Azenze, the Governor said the CoG can’t go against an order by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.
“As Governors we have scrutinized the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Nurses, County and National Governments and found that it’s not tenable at the moment due to economic constraints.
Our wishes are that when the economy stabilizes in the near future we shall revert to the MoU to see how to implement it; for now there is no need for the strike,” he said, adding that a reconciliatory committee has been formed by the National Government to address the issue.
Governor Ojaamong said he is on record as being among very few governors who have not failed to pay health workers’ salaries to confirm his commitment in ensuring their welfare are well catered for.
He added: “When I took over as Governor in 2013 there were only 800 health workers, and the number increased to 1200. We have already made tremendous progress in revitalizing the sector and come May this year, county residents will see improved facilities in public health institutions across the county.”
He thanked the churches for their prayers to the county leadership and its residents after the 2017 elections , adding that the prayers helped cool the tempers sparked off by the stormy polls.