Alarm as KMPDU officials jailed!

Nairobi, February 13, The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials have been jailed for a month.

KMPDU tweets its officials’ fate

This ruling has been made earlier today February 13, 2017 by Judge Hellen Wasilwa. Judge Hellen passed the judgement under what was termed as contempt of court by the Kenya doctors officials.

Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa

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KMPDU members have downed their tools for the past 71 days in a bid to negotiate better working terms and conditions. The  Kenya doctors strike has led to a nation-wide health crisis.

KMPDU secretary general Dr Ouma Oluga

The doctors through KMPDU have insisted on government honoring the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

KMPDU is mandated with the improvement of doctors welfare and the entire health sector of Kenya.

The Labour Court  in Nairobi had previously suspended an earlier jail term verdict to give room for negotiations.

KMPDU officials at Milimani labour Court

However, the KMPDU officials failed to call off the strike – a central requirement of the suspension of their jail term.

Negotiations led by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli between KMPDU and the government hit a stalemate.

 

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