The prime minister of Uganda Robinah Nabbanja has warned nurses and midwives that they should not go on strike or else they are doing it at their own risk.

Nabbanja made the remarks while speaking as chief guest during celebrations to mark St. Andrea Kaahwa day, one of the martyrs of Uganda at Kooki shrine in Kakumiro district.

Nabbanja says that the government is tired of blackmail and endless strikes yet they have done enough to enhance the emoluments of the health workers.

This follows reports of a planned strike by nurses over pay.

Nabbanja has instructed the public service commission, Resident city and district commissioners to immediately supervise government facilities to ascertain those on duty and whoever is absent shall have been deemed to have absconded.

The holy mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Hoima catholic diocese Rt. Rev. Vincent Kirabo who asked Christians to renew their faith as they remember St. Andrea Kaahwa.

Emmanuel Aliba, the national executive secretary of the justice and peace commission in Uganda says that the day is very instrumental because of the contribution of St. Andrea Kaahwa in the faith.

St. AndreaKaahwa was born in 1856 – May 26, 1886, a Ugandan Catholic martyr killed for his faith. He was born in Kooki Haibaale in the current Kakumiro district.

He was one of many Christians put to death by King Mwanga II between 1885 and 1887. He was the King Mwanga’s bandmaster-General, the Mugowa.

Thousands of pilgrims thronged the Shrine in Kooki to celebrate his life and also pray to him for God’s Mercy.