Details indicate court never ordered arrest of doctors’ union leaders

Doctors strike

It has now emerged that the Employment and Labor Relations Court never ordered for the arrest of the striking doctors and nurses as claimed by the doctors’ union leaders.

The court only directed Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union officials together with the Kenya National Union of Nurses officials to appear in court on Tuesday, December 13 to show cause why they should not be committed to civil jail for disobeying court orders.

Judge Hellen Wasilwa also directed Kilimani OCS to assist in serving the officials with the orders.

The directions were issued after the Council of Governors moved to court against the 15 medical officials.

In a certificate of urgency, the Council of Governors argued that the medical practitioners have proceeded to go on unlawful and unprotected strike thereby gravely affecting the health and wellbeing of patients.

“Unless the unlawful strike is stopped by this court thereby irreparably harm to the people who are in need of Medicare, “reads court documents.

The petitioners asked the court to commit the officials to civil jail for 6 months.

Those named in the petition include the chairman of the KMPPDU, Samuel Oroko Obegi, among other officials.

Last Friday, Justice Nelson Abuodha temporarily stopped the nationwide strike by doctors and nurses.

The doctors’ union leaders pulled out of talks with government on Wednesday afternoon demanding withdrawal of an alleged court order on their arrest over contempt of court charges.

The union’s chairman, Samuel Oroko, said there will be no dialogue between the doctors’ union and the government until the said court order is lifted.

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