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KMPDU Sec Gen Oluga fires warning shots to the government as he narrates his prison experience

Oluga said that he and six other KMPDU officials were never afraid of being jailed for fighting for the rights of their colleagues.

A policeman leads the handcuffed officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU) on February 13, 2017 in Nairobi.

Oluga said that he and six other KMPDU officials were never afraid of being jailed for fighting for the rights of their colleagues.

He maintained that they were locked up yet they had not broken the law.

Oluga warned the judiciary against putting themselves in positions where they can be undermined.

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“There is no law on earth which is superior to human life,” Oluga said.

He maintained that being locked will never break his spirit and that the doctors remained focus in improving the health sector in the country.

CBA 2013

“It is time for the government to find a solution to the problem which is based on implementation of the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement,” he said.

He said it was despicable that the cabinet can go about their business while ordinary citizens suffer for lack of healthcare services.

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“The country’s leadership has shown clearly that they lack empathy for poor people,” Oluga said.

The Secretary General said he had no problems during his time in jail for he had been grown up in a humble background and was not used to a fancy lifestyle.

“I was born and have always remained in the most humble walks of life. I have no wealthy or powerful connections. The life in the prison is very familiar to me and my background. It is the life of an everyday Kenyan,” Oluga said.

He said prisoners are also humans and they too needed help.

New resolve

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Oluga said that there are many people who are in prison yet they had not broken any laws.

The union official said his experience in prison had given him a new reason to help the people locked up behind bars.

“I came face to face with people who really needed me. If I stayed here, the prisoners would have been happy because they would have had doctors who are scarce inside there,” Oluga narrated.

He said that the doctors will now be engaging prisons and give specialised treatment to those who are in need.

“I met people in prison who have good hearts and took care of me much better than the government has ever done,” Oluga said.

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