President Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has threatened to sack striking medics, saying government is soon getting ‘good doctors’ to replace them.

Addressing a rally at Karambi sub county headquarters in Kabarole district, president Museveni lauded the doctors there for not engaging in the strike and vowed that his government will not allow medics who want Ugandans to die. “The striking doctors have betrayed me,” he said.

Two weeks ago, medical workers under their umbrella body, the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), opted for industrial action, protesting government failure to increase their salaries and improve their working conditions.

But according to president Museveni, the doctors decided to go on strike before tabling of a bill that will harmonise the salary structures of all civil servants.

“They have resorted to telling lies on propaganda radios; I can even close those radios,” he threatened.

Last week president Museveni directed the Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) to monitor all health centres and report doctors who do not turn up for duty but that had no effect as the doctors have not returned to work.