Kenya National Union of Nurses officials are set to appear before the Employment and Labour Relations court on Tuesday to explain why they should not be punished for disobeying court orders that suspended the nurse’s strike.
The court had early this month issued orders suspending the strike for 60 days to give room for negotiations over the industrial action that has paralyzed health services in most of the public facilities.
Kenya National Union of Nurses, Secretary General Seth Panyako and three other officials will appear before the Employment and Labour Relations court after they disobeyed court orders suspending the nurses strike.
The four were summoned by the Employment and Labour court last week.
The Council of Governors had moved to the court on February 6 and obtained orders that suspended the industrial action for 60 days.
The nurses’ union on the other hand refused to budge and declined to call off the strike that has since paralyzed services in 23 public hospitals.
Currently, more than 5,000 nurses across the country are yet to go back to work.
If found guilty, the officials risk attracting a fine of up to 200,000 shillings or six months in jail.
The Ministry of Health and Council of Governors have in the meantime, threatened to fire striking nurses and put in place mechanisms to ensure they don’t get re-hired at any level of government.