Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 4 – Seth Panyako, the outspoken and dramatic secretary General of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) did not withhold anything, even using a plethora of stylistic devices while condemning the forceful eviction of the old management and staff at the Saint Mary’s Hospital Langata.
Evoking his recent membership of the Catholic church, Panyako wondered why the assumption sisters had chosen to ‘assume’ to arrive at such an unpopular decision that outraged many people.
He did not mince his words, accusing those who are supposed to emulate Jesus Christ, of turning into ravenous wolves, devouring health workers after the Assumption of Sisters won the ownership dispute case which had lasted for seven years.
“We condemn the beastly actions taken by the Catholic church and warn the employing agency – St Mary’s sisters of assumption – to respect industrial labour mechanisms while dealing with employees,” Panyako warned.
The nurses’ union secretary General Seth Panyako decried what he termed as a barbaric act from the sisters who are supposed to emulate Christ but had instead taken the path commonly used by profit-driven businessmen.
“The ongoing barbaric actions that are being taken by the Catholic church, they are called the sister’s of assumption is not Christian,” the visibly annoyed Panyako said in a press conference in Nairobi.
He called on all faith-based hospitals to respect the nurse’s rights to join the unions of their choice saying they have a right to choose who will represent them.
“We request all faith-based hospitals not to trample on employees rights and allow their nurses to be represented by the union of their choice,”
Emboldened by the recent move of St Mary’s hospital (Langata and Elementaita) nurses joining the KNUN, Panyako promised that the hospital management will soon know the wrath of a wounded lion.
“From next week, these sisters of assumption will taste the true wrath of a wounded lion. We shall start scratching them with our fingernails as from next week,” he vowed.
Drama unfolded at the Hospital on Thursday last week when the nuns forcefully gained entry with the help of police officers and ordered the staff to vacate the premises.