Court Orders release of KMPDU Officials


Milimani law courts in Nairobi which hosts court of Appeal/FILE

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,15TH FEB,2017-Court of appeal judge Wanjiru Karanja has ordered   Doctors’ union officials jailed on Monday  to be released  so as talks aimed at resolving the current stalemate can resume.

Lawyers for the Council of Governors and Kenya Medical Practitioners’, Pharmacists and Dentists Union have also  agreed to have the medics released immediately to carry on with talks.

The negotiations aimed at ending the two-month doctors’ strike  will be started  once again on Thursday morning, the two parties agreed before the Court of Appeal.

They are expected to craft a return-to-work formula that will be presented in court on February 23, meaning doctors may have to vacate the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement they have been pushing their employer to effect.

The parties agreed before a three-judge bench of Jamila Mohamed, Wanjiru Karanja and Hannah Okwengu in Nairobi on Wednesday.

The Council of Governors, through lawyer Eunice Lumallas, told the judges that they have reached the consent out of goodwill.The bench approved and recorded the consent.The court also allowed the Law Society of Kenya to join the case and mandated it to lead the talks together with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.

Here is the summary of the lawyers’ consent as presented to court:

  1. Doctors’ union chiefs to be released with immediate effect to continue with negotiations that will last for seven days.
  2. They will come to court with a comprehensive report on February 23 with a view of calling off the strike
  3. LSK and KNHCR to lead the talks.
  4. Matter to mentioned on February 23.

Cord leader Raila Odinga, who attended the session, said it was a shame for the government to have doctors’ union officials jailed.

He called on Kenyans to consider leaders who uphold human rights.Odinga says going forward the country need a health sector commission to handle such issues in the future.He castigated the Jubilee administration for neglecting the most important issues facing Kenyans and instead focusing on mare politics.

Odinga who spoke to the press outside the court moment after the ruling said the government had no two ways out of the current doctors stalemate but to honor the 2013 collective bargaining agreement signed between the two parties.

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