NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Nurses at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) are threatening to paralyse operations at the institution after three of their colleagues and a cleaner were charged with the murder of a patient.
Priscilla Wairimu, Godfrey Murithi, Rosemary Nkonge and Mary Muthoni however denied the charges before Lady Justice Jessie Lessit and were remanded until October 31 when their bail application will be heard.
The nurses later gathered outside the court house and decried the ruling saying it was unexpected while emphasising that they were professionals who were being used as scapegoats for the incident.
“There is no security in Kenyatta. There is nothing in this case because of the matter of security. If the State can fight the worker and not provide security, then the State should go and work at KNH and the workers stay away because there is no security,” the nurses indicated.
“As of now, we will be talking to our colleagues so that we will not be able to jeopardise the proceedings in that case and then we will tell you the way forward,” one of the nurses’ leaders said.
Their lawyer Cliff Ombetta sought to calm them down and urged them not to do anything that might jeopardise their case whose hearing date has been set for March 6 next year.
“I want to appeal to you to be calm. Let us not do anything that might jeopardise the case. In my experience of handling such cases, it is always 99 percent certain that the bond will be granted and I can assure you that even if we go to a full hearing, we will win it,” he told the nurses.
The prosecution it set to present 25 witnesses who will testify in the case to prove that the four were all involved in the murder that occurred in November last year when the cancer patient was killed.
The patient was bludgeoned to death on his hospital bed in November last year.