DOCTORS ASK COURT TO RENEGE EARLIER DECISION TO JAIL THEM.

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Kenya Medical Pharmacists and Dentist Union, (KMPDU) officials from (l-R) ,Secretary General Dr. Ouma Oluga, Dr. Daisy Korir, Dr. Samuel Oroko Ogegi, Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda, Dr. Evelyne Chege, Dr Allan Ochanji and Dr Titus Ondoro before justice Hellen Wasiliwa at Milimani labour and employment relation court on Thursday January 12 ,2017 (PHOTO NT).

BY THOMAS KARIUKI.

Doctors on strike now claim that subjecting their leaders to jail which will take effect tomorrow will disadvantage ongoing negotiations.

They therefore want the court to renege on its earlier directions and give them subtle allowance of two more weeks to complete talks.

The medics have asked the court to suspend the order sentencing them for a further period of two weeks.

In an application filed at the court today, the union says that sentencing them to one month will disadvantage the negotiations towards full compliance with the directions given by the court.

They further claim that they require more time to fully comply with the court and further engage with the government, council of governors toward resolving the issues.

The medics claim that the government together with the Council of Governors has used the court to their advantage to arm twist and frustrate the negotiations between the parties.

However, the government through Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopas Mailu threw in the towel after the latter accused the union of breaking the agreed rules of engagement.

The union says that an amicable solution will have been reached by the end of the two weeks.

KMPDU officials facing jail are Oluga, union chair Samuel Oroko, and deputy secretary general Chibanzi Mwachonda.

Others are vice chair Titus Ondoro, treasurer Daisy Korir, assistant treasurer Evelyn Chege and Allan Ochanji.

The medics went on strike on December 5 seeking to have the government implement a contentious CBA.

They want a 300% pay rise; review working conditions, job structures and criteria for promotions; and address Under-staffing of medical professionals in state hospitals.

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