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Health CS Cleopa Mailu has called for the release of KMPDU officials/FILE
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,14TH FEB,2017-Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has called for the release of the seven jailed doctors’ union officials in order to continue with the negotiations.
While appearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Mailu said he had initiated consultations with Attorney General Githu Muigai in a bid to have the jailed KMPDU officials freed.
As the strike enters its 72nd day, Mailu told the committee that most referral hospitals in the country are open, adding that the inpatient services remain dire. He noted that a meeting with the various health CECs is set for Wednesday to evaluate the situation and come up with a lasting solution.
The CS who was also quizzed about the alleged internal fighting within the Ministry of Health insisted that the ministry is willing to resolve the impasse and restore services.
“With your wrangles instead of punishing your PS you have punished the doctors. Can you now tell Kenyans how you will have stay orders so that you tell the court that it is you who failed and not them?” asked a seemingly Irate Khalwale.
The CS chose to distance himself from the ruling saying the ruling was on contempt of court.
“You have failed this country, and if those doctors will not be out of jail today you have no business being in office. Step aside and let the country move forward,” said Nominated Senator Godliver Omondi.
The Senate committee was forced to adjourn for lack of a progress report from the Ministry of Health.