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Tension as youths block demonstrating health workers

06 January 2015, 17:01 Joseph Njung’eh

Murang'a - Striking health workers in Murang’a town were treated to a rude shock on Tuesday when a group of youths tried to block them from demonstrating claiming that they were affecting business operations in the town.

The health workers, who were working under Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP), went on strike last week demanding to be employed on permanent basis by the area county government.

The irate youths blocked them from accessing Ihura Stadium where they were intending to hold a meeting.

“These health workers are disturbing economic activities in this town through their frequent demonstrations. We want peace. If they have issues they should address them in a disciplined manner not demonstrations,” said one of the youths.

Also read: Striking doctors take battle to the streets

The health workers accused county government officials of hiring the youths to prevent them from holding demonstrations.

A squad of anti-riot police officers intervened and dispersed the youths to allow the health workers continue with their protests and access the stadium.

Their national representative, Joseph Ndereva vowed to continue fighting for permanent employment by the county government since their contracts ended last November last year.

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