Learning at Moi University’s School of health sciences is headed for tumultuous times as lecturers issued 14 day strike notice over unpaid dues amounting to Sh.200 million.
The lecturers under the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) umbrella vowed to down their tools if the Moi University management failed to heed to their demands.
The Dons also warned that services at Moi Teaching and Referral hospital (MTRH) would be paralyzed considering that most of the doctors teaching at the School of health sciences also offered services at the largest teaching and referral hospital in the North Rift and Western Kenya region.
KMPDU Secretary-General Dr. Devji Atela said the strike will affect more than 100 doctors that the university has failed to pay clinical allowances from the Ministry of Health.
The dons issued notice during a press briefing in Eldoret where they claimed the university had subjected them to untold suffering.
“We are left with no choice but to proceed with the said industrial action,” Atela stated.
He added that they are aware the funds were released to the institution a year ago but they were yet to receive even a cent, adding that they had even held dialogue with the management to no avail.
Dr. Atela accused the university management of failing to pay the allowances despite the funds being released adding that they have also written to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, (EACC) to probe the University over misuse of funds.
The threat by the Lecturers to strike comes barely two weeks after students at the Moi University main campus returned to school after a one week break following a strike by university employees affiliated to the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA), University Academic Staff Union (UASU) and the Kenya University Staff Union (KUSU).
Dr. Atela further expressed concerns over an acute shortage of doctor lecturers at the Moi University School of Medicine.
“There is a need for more doctors and lecturers to be employed for the university to continue having doctors with required quality graduating,” said the KMPDU boss.
“The school currently needs between 50 and 100 new doctor lecturers to ensure we produce qualified personnel ready for the competitive market,” he noted.
The KMPDU officials claimed that each of the Moi University doctor-lecturers was owed more than Sh. 1.5 million in unpaid salaries and allowances.
Mulei Kamonzi, the KMPDU branch Secretary, said they will not continue teaching and offering services at MTRH without pay.
Kamonzi alleged that the Management of Moi University had misused the funds in total disregard to the current economic hard times.