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It was all about money, top economist slams doctors

Economist Kwame Owino has slammed the move by doctors to ask that they be paid for the days they were on strike.

Mr Owino took to twitter to question, “Folks, what justification is therefore salaries for medics who were on strike be paid?”

He then added that it was all about the money and attached a quote from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) secretary general Ouma Oluga stating that he hoped the salaries would be paid as agreed.

Mr Owino’s tweet attracted a reaction from Kenyans on Twitter who concurred that the strike was never about the patients and working conditions of doctors.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union officially called off the strike on Tuesday at 6pm in Nairobi after the union officials, the Health ministry and Council of governors came to an agreement and signed a return-to-work formula.

In the document, the parties agreed that the health workers will not be victimised for participating in the strike that lasted for more than three months.

They also agreed that the county and national governments will withdraw all letters of dismissal and show cause issued to some of the doctors for refusing to resume duty.

They also agreed that monies will be paid effective January 1, 2017 and are to withdraw all pending cases.