Jail sentences loom for doctors’ union officials

January 31, 2017 8:13 am
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Employment and Labour Relations Judge Hellen Wasilwa clarified that the grace period was only meant for them to call off the strike regardless of their talks with the ministry/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – Officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) are due back in court Tuesday to know their fate, after the expiry of a five-day extension to call off their strike or begin month-long jail terms.

Employment and Labour Relations Judge Hellen Wasilwa made it clear that the grace period was only meant for them to call off the strike regardless of their talks with the ministry.

The seven union officials who were to begin the jail sentences last week managed to block their arrests to allow for more negotiations, but no agreement has been reached with the Health Ministry to date.

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has accused the officials of being dishonest in the stalled negotiations.

They however deny the claims and say it is the ministry that is insincere.

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