Secretary General Dr Davji Bhimji Attellah, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has urged employers from the public and private sectors to be considerate and allow their workers to go exercise their constitutional and democratic rights to elect leaders who will sit in public office for the coming five years.
The union has urged the populace to take the appropriate action by electing leaders with integrity for various elective positions.
“We are requesting our fellow citizens to vote wisely and peacefully. We still need a place to call home after 9th August and remember it is the workers who pay the highest price for poor leadership. To the IEBC, we demand for a free, fair and credible election that reflects the will of the people.
Kenya’s future is anchored on a commitment to freedom and respect for the rule of law. This begins with free, fair, and credible elections that reflect the will of the people for a functioning democracy,” Attellah said.
The union has also bemoaned businesses that fail to pay their workers even after they have discharged their obligations properly.
“We are asking the employers both from in the public and private sectors to facilitate their employees to go vote. We are calling upon the county government that have not paid our members their June and July salaries to do so immediately because healthcare workers need to travel and join other Kenyans in exercising their duty,” said Attellah.
The union has encouraged the government to take action in order to prevent any major disruptions before, during, or following the elections. They understand the significance of a calm election campaign because any type of injury will land in a doctor’s hands.
The KMPDU has also praised the public and political elite for their behaviour, particularly during current electioneering phase, noting development and democratic maturity.
“We laud the political class for making healthcare an agenda in this election. We hope that the winning team shall live up to their promises and save Kenyans from dying from preventable and treatable illness,” Attellah said.