, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2 – The Court of Appeal on Thursday allowed the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya to join mediators seeking to end the ongoing doctors’ strike.
A three-judge bench led by Lady Justice Martha Koome directed the mediators who include the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the Law Society of Kenya and the faith-based organisations to report back to the court next Tuesday on the outcome.
Judge Koome said the matter was quite sensitive given the continued suffering by Kenyans and maybe “divine intervention” may just help.
“These are extraordinary moments that require divine intervention,” she said.
She urged the team to make use of the two days and ensure there is headway in ending the doctors’ strike which is now in its third month.
“Everybody is hopeful that with the support of the faith-based organisations that are in court today under the auspices of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, the remaining issues that have not been resolved are likely to resolved,” she ruled.
Thursday’s report on the negotiations was also declared preliminary though the lawyers representing the Government and the Council of Governors were opposed to it.
They wanted the report declared final and a timeline given for outstanding issues to be ironed out.
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union Secretary General Union Ouma Oluga who spoke to journalists after the ruling expressed optimism that a solution will be found, but cautioned against what he terms as propaganda being allegedly peddled by government sponsored bloggers.
“The propaganda which has been spewed by bloggers is bad. There are people who want to frustrate this process,” he complained.
He also cautioned against leaking of information after negotiations.