Clergy given two days to resolve doctors’ impasse

By Beth Nyaga

The Inter-religious Council of Kenya has been granted two days by the Court of Appeal to try and end the doctors’ strike impasse.

Justices Martha Koome, GBM Kariuki and Jamila Mohammed who were presiding over the doctors’ strike case said that,” this is an extra ordinary circumstance that needs ‘Divine Intervention’.”

The Court of Appeal judges went ahead to grant them the days they had requested but directed the case be back in court on the 7th of March 2017.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) had prepared a final report but asked that it be considered an interim one after the clergy sought for a chance to lead the talks.

The Court of Appeal had earlier directed the said officials, the Council of Governors, LSK and KNHCR to have talks to restore normalcy in the public health sector.

John Morris Ohaga, Njeri Kariuki, Kagwiria Mbogori and James Mang’erere have been leading the mediation process.

The four mediators last week requested that the document with details on the progress of the negotiations remains confidential.

The talks did not resume until Wednesday when heads of Catholic and Anglican Church leaders stepped in to end the doctors’ strike that enters its 88th day.

Cardinal John Njue, his counterpart Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists & Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials are expected to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta at an disclosed location to discuss the matter.

On February 15, Judges Okwengu, Wanjiru Karanja and Jamila Mohammed, allowed a consent that saw seven jailed KMPDU officials released from jail pending the hearing and determination of the appeal against their jail sentence.

Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Hellen Wasilwa had sent them to a month’s jail term for disobeying a court order issued last year which stopped doctors from boycotting work.

KMPDU officials Samuel Oroko, Ouma Oluga, Daisy Korir, Evelyne Chege, Allan Ochanji, Mwachonda Chibandzi and Titus Ondoro, were freed after spending two nights in jail.

  

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