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‘Nairobi Metropolitan Services shortchanged us’, nurses on contract say

Nurses who were hired on contractual basis blame the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) for not renewing their contracts despite a memo from Public Service Commission (PSC) advising so.

When NMS took over some functions of the Nairobi County Government, many people celebrated that for once, the cartel that thrives on corruption, looting and prostitution had been dealt with.

A few years later, it turns out that Mohammed Badi is just as bad as they come; too much PR on the streets but no work done.

People claim that military rulers are efficient, but look at Badi; it fits perfectly that he is doing other things rather than what he was appointed to do. The office is illegal and unnecessary even no as drainage and medical facilities are operating on conmanship.

Hi Nyakundi,

I am a clinical officer by profession and until recently my colleagues and I were employed by MOH through NMS.

We were sent to different facilities across Nairobi on short term contracts 3 and 6 months (The first of its kind) probably to manage Covid-19.

We are about 300 across all cadres. We did work through the 2nd wave of Covid-19 risking our lives without proper PPEs, medics went on strike and we took charge of running the facilities.

The first group left around Jan when their contract ended, I was in the 6 months’ contract that has just ended in April from November.

At some point PSC sent a memo to have our contract renewed but NMS has been taking us in circles, they recently employed a new group on 3-year contract, overlooking us. Worse they have been deducting our KRA, NSSF and NHIF without paying for them. Are you able to run a story, we need to know exactly their stance, we need to go back to work and offer our services to the patients especially now that 24 hospitals are being opened by NMS and KNH would be attending to referrals only from July.

We are in limbo. Some of us left good jobs to join the government. I know of a colleague who came all the way from Wajir and it’s really unfair.

We actually thought they will incorporate us in the 3 year contract considering the situations we have worked through. We need closure.

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