Court delays doctors’ jail term by further 10 days


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Justice Hellen Wasilwa has yet again postponed her ruling on doctor’s union officials who were to be jailed today (Friday).

The court directed COTU, KNCHR and other parties to lead talks with a view of ending the doctor’s strike.

‘The intervention that I’m seeing today is a very welcoming, I believe there could be other interventions that could solve this problem and therefore I will still exercise my discretion. I will want to give this intervention a chance,” the court directed.

Justice Hellen Waliswa of the Labor Relations and Employment Court also asked the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labor, Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Federation of Kenya Employers, Council of governors, KMPDU and the Attorney General to be part of the talks.

“This meeting must be held as yesterday,” Wasilwa directed.

The parties have been given seven days to reach a deal with COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli expected to chair the meeting.

The case will be mentioned on the 13th of February.

“Don’t take this court for granted, by 13 of February if there’s no solution the court will make its statement and that is the order of this court,” the court ruled.

KNCHR and COTU urged the court to admit them as amicus curiae so as to offer mediation on behalf of the Mwananchi.

The doctors have, however, maintained that they will not go back to work until the CBA 2013 is implemented.

“Doctors are still on strike, If there’s any though that doctors will go back to work that’s not a solution, in fact, doctors will not go back to work until that CBA is implemented. We have to negotiate in good faith,” said Dr Ouma Olunga, KPMDU boss.

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