Chibanzi Mwachonda Loses Top KMPDU Job

This was after elections held by the union on Thursday, May 6 that will see Dr.  Mwachonda replaced by Dr Ouma Davji.

Chibanzi Mwachonda Loses Top KMPDU Job

Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda has been voted out by the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union as its secretary-general.

As first announced by The Standard, this was after elections held by the union on Thursday, May 6 that will see Dr. Mwachonda replaced by Dr Ouma Davji.

Dr. Davji secured 36.8 per cent of the votes while Dr. Alexander Thuranira Kaugiria secured 33.6 percent of the votes. Dr Mwachonda came third after having garnered 15.5 per cent of the votes.

The incoming national chairperson is Dr Abidan Muchuma, who secured 36.6 per cent of the vote, followed by Benjamin Magare with 32.1 per cent.

The union's new vice-chairperson is Dr David Mundia who garnered 45.6 per cent of the vote.

Dr Mwachonda will leave the post having made his name  as secretary-general, driven by calls to the government to review the plight of healthcare workers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In December 2020, he called off a planned medics’ strike for 14 days to allow for dialogue.

By then, part of KMPDU demands were to recruit an additional 2,000 doctors while the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) wanted 7,000 more nurses.

As KMPDU marked a change of guard, trade unions continue to face unprecedented tough times amid COVID-19 and constant attacks from the government.