Through a new bill proposed by Kiambu county finance executive Mary Nguli, the county government has introduced fees to students who will be seeking medical services attachments within the locality.
Apart from the bill allowing the county government to levy residents Sh500 for keeping 1 – 20 cattle, Sh200 for 21 – 50 cattle and Shs1,000 for more than 50 cattle an extra Sh1000 will be charged for a consignment of each. Movement permit for dogs, cats and poultry will attract a charge of Sh200 per consignment, Sh500 for pigs, Sh100 for sheep, and Sh1,000 for less than 50 goats.
An intern from Action Aid will pay Sh7,000, masters students Sh5,000, Bachelor of Nursing students Sh2,000, Diploma in Clinical Medicine Sh5,000, Lab attachment Sh2,000, Records and other attachment Sh2,000 each to the Kiambu Government.
According to Witeithie Ward MCA Peter Ngugi Muiruri (SP) most of these charges has been in existence during the former local government system but were not being implemented.
Muiruri said some of the charges reflected in the proposed financial bill were even lower or equal to those charged by the local authorities. The finance bill is looking to raise Sh12 billion to enable the county government deliver services.
The county has been under heated debate after it passed a bill to charge bereaved family’s for the places and materials they would use for the last send off ceremony for their beloved. It appeared as if the county had gone to the extremes of charging the dead as argued by the locals.
These latest move is depicted to paint a clear picture of wrangles that will exist between the county government and the student bodies. The medical students have fought to be paid for the work they do while in attachments. This move will be a disbelief and a setback to their wishes.
Source: The Star Newspaper in Kenya