CNPK employees warn to stage a strike within eight days

Members of the committee of the National Union of Paramedical Staff and Caregivers-SYNAPA trade union working at Kamenge Neuropsychiatric Center (CNPK) issued an eight-day strike notice on 5 November. They demand the replacement of the outgoing Director General of the CNPK, Brother Hyppolyte Manirakiza by Brother Herménégilde Nduwimana.

Kamenge Neuropsychiatric Center premises

Kamenge Neuropsychiatric Center premises

Trade unionists accuse Brother Manirakiza of taking drastic measures to the proper functioning of CNPK from the day he was dismissed from his post on 18 October 2018. “Since he was appointed to other functions, he changed the services for the financial manager. He also signed secretly a work contract with a new cleaning company,” says Adolphe Niyongere, representative of CNPK workers affiliated to SYNAPA.

The letter issued on November 5 by Brother René Stockman, the Superior General of the Brothers of Charity says the handover between the new and the outgoing Director General of CNPK is scheduled for November 20, 2018.

Brother Manirakiza rejects all accusations of the trade unionists arguing that this strike is not legal. “The community of Brothers of Charity has asked me to continue working until the new Director General is available. Our community is well organized. We expect to do an official transfer of responsibilities on November 20, “says Manirakiza. He accuses trade unionists of interfering in the organization of Brothers of Charity.