Former Prime minister and Orange Democratic Party Leader Raila Odinga landed on the receiving end after criticizing doctors for planning a strike in the middle of a deadly virus claiming lives.
Raila was speaking in Kisumu on Monday, December 7 where he urged the doctors to stop the strike saying not only health workers are dying of Covid-19.
“All I want to do is to appeal to our doctors to be more understanding. We are in a crisis at the moment, people are dying. It is not only doctors who are dying, ordinary Kenyans are also dying of COVID-19.
“We are also in a die-hard situation as far as the economy is concerned. This is not the time to hold the government to ransom. The doctors themselves took an oath to protect lives, how then can you justify downing of tools when people are dying? He posed.
His statement has since angered citizens online who started a heated debate on Twitter.
Muhammad Onyango: “That statement by Raila Odinga concerning doctors was off… Let’s normalise saying the truth even if it hurts.”
That statement by Raila Odinga concerning doctors was off… Let’s normalize saying the truth even if it hurts.
— MUHAMMAD ONYANGO ® (@Moha001_Onyango) December 8, 2020
Silvia Wangeci : “Raila is forcing the government to do BBI referendum by next year yet he is telling doctors this is not the time to hold the government at ransom? Raila feels he is entitled to special treatment because he thinks he is more worthy than others
Those who used to question my sanity when I kept exposing this man should apologize and pay me damages. BBI is Bringing Raila Odinga In his real colours. An insensitive, self entitled billionaire who benefits from poor people's sufferings. R.I.P Dr. Stephen Mogusu. #BBINonsense pic.twitter.com/ZcvmIfKoIS
— George T. Dianoh™ (@georgediano) December 7, 2020
28-year-old doctor Stephen Mogusu succumbed to the novel coronavirus on Monday, December 7.
Mogusu had not received his five months salary and had no health insurance.
The demise of the doctor was confirmed by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) on Monday, December 7.
“At the time of his death he had not received his salary for 5 months,had no insurance & his young family left with no compensation.Too steep a price for Patriotism,” KMPDU stated.
The doctor had been admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital.
“The family of Dr. Stephen Mogusu a frontline soldier who is battling for his life in ICU due to COVID-19 Complications is appealing to Kenyans of good will to contribute for his urgent medical expenses. The sad reality of our doctors,” he said on Twitter.