We Didn’t Call Off The Strike Says The Angry Nurses and Midwives

By Kakomo Jumah

Nurses and Midwives under their umbrella body Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) have stormed the offices of their leaders demanding them to provide a document showing government’s consentient of increasing their salaries. This follows media reports indicated that UNMU leaders had called off the strike that was to start today, after meeting President Yoweri Museveni and government team led by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda yesterday. Angry nurses and midwives accuse their leaders especially the union President Justus Cherop and the Secretary General Paul Henry Bukenya for betraying them and accepting a bribe of 50mshs each to call off the strike. They reject their leaders’ proposal to resume work until they receive the document showing government’s commitment to enhance their salaries and the scheme of services.  However, Cherop insists that they the strike will remain on hold until they come up with a final position with government on the issues rose by the Nurses and Midwives’ union by Saturday this week.

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