Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu is walking a tightrope after medics in her county threatened to strike over unpaid December salaries.

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The health professionals have issued Ngilu with a seven-day strike notice if their plight is not addressed in time. 

Kenya National Union of Nurses, Kitui branch, Secretary Francis Kimanzi on Friday said the doctors are suffering following the failure to pay their salaries. 

Kimanzi said the medics are unable to pay their bills including school fees for their children following the technicality.

The staff lamented that the delay caused them and their families serious financial inconveniences, especially during and after December festivities.

The notice was issued jointly by the Kenya National Union of Medical Laboratory Officers, Kenya Union of Clinical Officers, Union of Kenya Civil Servants and County Government Workers Union.

"Our members have been unable to pay school fees for their children or even pay rent," Kimanzi said.

The medics said they will have no choice but to hold peaceful protests at the county offices if they are not paid their salaries.