Society / Health & Science
Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 16:23 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The doctors' union KMPDU insisted today that its members were still on strike and would not resume duty until their grievances were addressed, contradicting a government statement that doctors had begun resuming duty across the country. Some media reports that doctors had resumed in six counties could not be verified as new tensions rose following news that some national government facilities had begun sacking striking medics.
"The President, as you know, directed that all doctors on strike resume duty effective immediately before any further negotiations could be convened in respect of remuneration and any other welfare issues," said State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu in Mombasa today in response to questions from journalists. President Uhuru Kenyatta is on a three-day tour of the Coast region.
"We thank the doctors that have so far gone back to work. We note the union’s statement on the subject, which was sent to doctors last night. But the President’s resolve and message remain the same: there will be no more chicanery on this subject," said Mr Esipisu.
However, in a message to doctors last night, KMPDU officials maintained that the strike was on doctors would defy the president's order. The fate of the court-sanctioned media hang in the balance following the order of the president, which KMPDU termed 'illegal'.
Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press