A doctor's day in the solidarity path with the union officials

A doctor's day in the solidarity path with the union officials
Striking doctors demonstrating photo by astroawani
Losing your identification documents, phone or laptop at the bumper-to-bumper hour to thugs posing as spruiks or touts on the capital's streets is probably not the worst thing to happen to you so far but it is stress and fear inflicting.All that you would go through to get, key are identification documents, is a tiring process or maybe bribe, not one office, to get a police abstract or fast-track the processes.He left Kampala to join his colleagues in Nairobi for the court ruling that saw their union officials in jail but ended up losing his essential belonging in what was a solidarity peaceful demonstration.He lost his phones and wallet to one probably taking a stealing ride on what was an industrial discourse for the doctors.Left without his Visa, ID, and phones Joel Ajuondo could have a tough time and had to immediately obtain a police abstract.It is 1745HRS and the Transafaris driver is trying to beat traffic jam to their offices on Mfangano street after the abandoned the departure for Busia temporarily and has a hungry lot of passengers.He explains that he has to get back to the office as he could not drive to Busia without his phone as he allegedly forgot it at the office desk.It is at this time that a lady screams amidst of the passengers at the back seat, so loud and sharp that it waters down the anger as everyone turns to the lady at the back left end.She is in tears and in shock as her phone is snatched away interrupting her "babe imagine tunarudishwa tena,ati driver amesahau phone kwa ofisi,.." call which ends in runaway hands. The incident aborts her journey and her fare is refunded as she is to be new to her destination and could not be safe without proper communication.This reminds Ajuondo of his experience when seeking to recover distress earned in the solidarity path on the streets.He moved to Huduma Center and was asked to allow the attendants a period of fourteen working days to have his ID card produced as they were to take the application forms to Upper Hill for the final processing.Still, in the doctors' relentless gear, he turns down the offer and obtains the forms and decides to take them to the Upper Hill offices where he demands an immediate ID card production as he waits.He is fitting his new ID card into his wallet and moves to fix a sim card into a phone he acquired saying many Kenyans are a given a raw deal by people who would just choose to relax and do little work in offices.Having been issued with the Identification Card in minutes had left him wondering many could wait for over a year for IDs to be produced and reaching them remains a whole different story especially for those living in rural areas.


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