BY JOHNWERU,NAIROBI,16TH JUNE 2017-Drama unfolded Friday 16th June,between two sides representing Kenya National Union of Nurses after they both fought for authority and space to speak for the nurses umbrella body.
A team led by acting Chairperson Joseph Ngwasi stormed a meeting called by the union’s Chairperson John Bii in at the Nairobi Railway Club in which a major announcement concerning the ongoing nurses’ strike was to be made.
The besieged Chairman however said the Council of Governors (CoG) had agreed to commence fresh talks on the nurses’ Collective Bargaining Agreement for the period between 2017 and 2021 on condition that the strike is called off.
“I am glad that CoG has agreed to reopen the talks on condition that nurses resume services immediately. Unions at each county will have to negotiate their CBA separately,” Bii said.
Ngwasi, the acting Chair however disputed the claims by Bii as he together with the Deputy Secretary General Maurice Opetu, who has been acting on behalf of Panyako, said the strike will not be called off.
Panyako who later joined the botched meeting blamed some officials of at the CoG for frustrating the signing of a draft CBA that would cost the taxpayer Sh40.3 billion.
According to Panyako, CoG’s Chief Executive Jacqueline Mogeni , council chair Josphat Nanok (Turkana), and governors James Ongwae (Kisii) and Jack Ranguma (Kisumu) were to be blamed for frustrating resolution of the nurses strike .
This comes as the strike which has hampered services in public hospitals across the country enters 12th day.