Appeals court upholds 1 month sentence against doctors’ Union

By June Karisa

The Court of Appeal has declined to suspend the 1 month jail term issued to the seven doctors’ union leaders.

The sentence was ordered by Employment and Labour relations Court Judge Helen Wasilwa and was upheld after the Union appealed for the its suspension.

Furthermore, the union has been ordered to resume negotiations with the health ministry within 48hrs.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa had ruling that they be jailed for a period of one month for defying court orders to return to work.

Judges Hannah Okwengu, GBM Kariuki and Jamila Mohammed have issued the directive after a hearing of the matter.

Council of Governors had however opposed the appeal arguing that the appeal is premature since there is a pending verdict set for Friday.

On their part, the doctors’ union officials warn that if they are jailed negotiations will be adversely affected.

the doctors strike has been going on for an unprecedented 68 days and counting.



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