Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Ouma Oluga has “defended” ex Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale from public slur following his stone-throwing theatrics during Kibra by-election.
Khalwale, a doctor turned politician left tongues wagging after boldly engaging a section of rowdy Kibra youths in a daring stone-throwing battle that called for immediate intervention of police officers to calm the situation.
Rattled by the public onslaught on Khalwale’s action, Oluga, through his Twitter handle on Friday, November 8, blamed the ex-senator’s desperation on government’s reluctance to employ all doctors hence resulting to such juvenile antics from some of their members.
“It is very disheartening the humiliation our government puts Medical doctors through. This is the reason KMPDU keeps advocating that the Kenyan government must employ all doctors in order that every Kenyan has access to medical care and that they are not driven to such illicit activities,” Oluga said in reference to Khalwale’s actions.
The KMPDU boss, however, found himself on the receiving end after netizens trooped to his page and lambasted him for defending every medic including those whose actions were utterly uncalled for.
They dismissed his argument that Khalwale caused imbroglio in Kibra because he was unemployed and desperate, noting the politician has been in positions of leadership for so long hence should not be defended by the doctor’s body. But Oluga, in his responses maintained it was his responsibility to defend all doctors in all circumstances as he has always done.
“I speak for all doctors in Kenya. Even the ones who may not know how to use their positions in national assembly, senate or government to correct the health system challenges,” he replied.
The SG further stated Khalwale championed for doctor’s grievances as a lawmaker hence should not be accused of having done anything to improve the welfare of medics in the country.
“Khalwale really was a strong advocate for doctors at the Senate. One of the only Senators who constantly championed Health Service Commission,” added Oluga
During the Kibra fracas, the former senator was cornered by a group of charged youths while on his way to supervise the election at a polling centre within the consistency.
His bodyguard’s efforts to whisk him away were futile as the youths pounced on him and started throwing stones at him.
On noticing things were getting out of hand, Khalwale being a bullfighter decided to return fire.