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Tharaka-Nithi Nurses Resume Work After Pact With Muthomi Njuki

Nurses have resumed duty in Tharaka-Nithi County after reaching a deal with Governor Muthomi Njuki.

The governor has agreed to pay annual uniform allowance of Sh50,000 and Sh10,000 monthly as risk allowance, which were part of the demands in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) the health workers were pushing for.

STRIKE

Nurses went on a national strike on June 5, 2017 to push for the implementation of their CBA.

“Our nurses have resumed duty and residents can comfortably get services in all public health facilities,” said Mr Njuki on Wednesday.

The county boss also updated all the pending statutory deduction remittances, including bank loans, National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).

County Health chief officer Lucy Karimi said the nurses slowly started resuming duty two weeks ago.

“Health services have fully resumed in all or health facilities,” she said.

PRIORITY

Ms Karimi added that inpatient services that had not been offered in the county facilities for almost a year had resumed.

A spot check by the Nation at Chuka County Referral Hospital and Tharaka Sub-County Hospital established that patients were being treated.

County Health director Dr Edward Munyi said health facilities were running smoothly as the new county administration had made health a priority.

Mr Fabian Marigu, the Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) county branch chairman, said they had resumed duty but were still demanding for the implementation of the entire CBA by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

He said that though nurses had gone back to work, it was not practical for any county to promise to implement the CBA without funds from SRC.

BURDEN

The unionist blamed the stalemate on Council of Governors’ chairman Josphat Nanok and Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu.

Governor Njuki recently said the health sector was becoming a burden to county governments, and should be managed by the national government.

He said Kenyans should vote in a referendum to return the health function to the national government.

On Wednesday, the countrywide nurses’ strike entered its 129th day.

The Employment and Labour Relations Court and the Council of Governors had declared the strike illegal and ordered nurses to go back to work.

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CS Mailu’s Sack Order Angers Striking Nurses

Nurses on Tuesday accused Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu of dishonesty and political meddling after the CS allowed county governments to sack all striking health workers.

Through the Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako, the nurses, who have been on strike for 119 days now, said they will not be cowed into submission through threats of job losses.

GOVERNORS

They also accused the national government of maintaining a hardline stance in negotiations on allowances, saying State officials were not committed to ending the deadlock.

“We have forfeited so much,” Mr Panyako said in an interview with the Nation in his Nairobi office.

“We are now only asking for three things to be resolved: our job grading, health risk allowance, and uniform allowance.”

Mr Panyako’s reaction came in the wake of Monday’s meeting between Dr Mailu and Catholic bishops in Mombasa, where the CS gave the Council of Governors the greenlight to sack striking nurses.

AUTHORITY

But nurses have resolved to stay put and continue with industrial action until the council, which is their employer, signs the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) it negotiated with them last year.

“The CS has no powers to purport to issue guidelines to the CoG on how to end the stalemate.

“Any directions on the issues can only come from the Labour ministry, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), and the Council of Governors, who are our employers,” Mr Panyako said.

DOCTORS

He added: “If anyone should be fired, it is ministry officials who were part of the negotiations on the CBA from the beginning.

“By taking a hardline stance against the CBA, is Dr Mailu now suddenly unaware of the role the government played in those negotiations?”

He asked the CS to explain to Kenyans why the State honoured the doctors’ CBA, which provided Sh8.2 billion for around 4,000 doctors but could not provide Sh7.8 billion for 26,000 nurses.

Wondering what was difficult in implementation of the nurses’ CBA, Mr Panyako said nurses have withdrawn their claims for responsibility, call, and extraneous allowances and were even ready to negotiate the uniform allowances from the initial Sh50,000 down to Sh20,000 annually, but only if the issue of their job group was addressed.

NEGOTIATION

He labelled the CS’s sentiments “predictable” and part of what he termed a scheme by the CS to frustrate the nurses’ bid for better terms of service.

The union appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to transfer Dr Mailu to the livestock ministry, saying he had failed to manage the health sector.

Mr Panyako said the union would meet with church representatives and other stakeholders “to brief them on the truth of the dispute and debunk myths and misconceptions peddled by the CS regarding the health sector crisis”.

And, as the stalemate persists, hundreds of patients are trooping to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) to seek treatment as it is the only public hospital in the region where nurses are currently at work.

CLINICAL OFFICERS

The second largest referral hospital in the country is receiving about 1,200 outpatients daily from the western and Rift Valley regions, where public hospitals have been crippled by the twin strikes by nurses and clinical officers.

“Apart from the patients that we usually receive, the number of patients from neighbouring counties is high.

“Some of these patients can receive treatment from local hospitals but since there are no services, they all flock to the referral,” MTRH chief executive officer Wilson Aruasa told the Nation.

SOLUTION

Nurses employed by the referral hospital called off their strike last month after sealing a deal with the hospital’s management.

According to Dr Aruasa, the hospital’s resources and services were over-stretched as admitted patients were now sharing resources in the hospital.

A spot check revealed that the facility was over-stretched, especially in the maternity wing where mothers were forced to share beds.

“We are now handling about 40-50 births on a daily basis in the mother and baby section,” he said.

Dr Aruasa called on the Council of Governors (CoG) and the national government to find a quick solution to the stalemate.

PRIVATE SECTOR

In Garissa, the county’s referral hospital has been forced to engage the services of private health workers in their emergency wing to stand in for striking nurses and clinical officers.

The hospital, which is the largest referral health facility in northeastern region, has been hard hit by the strike.

Hospital Chief Executive Officer Salah Dagane said they have engaged the private nurses to offer emergency services at the facility.

WARDS

The hospital is not admitting patients.

“We pray the government and public health workers, including nurses and clinical officers, work together to get a solution to the prevailing situation,” he told the Nation.

The hospital’s wards and maternity wing remained shut, with the emergency wing only handling a small number of patients.

Governor Ali Korane recently told the county assembly that his administration would engage the nurses in talks to resolve the dispute.

Reported by Aggrey Omboki, Eunice Omollo, Brenda Gamonde, Lilian Chebore and Abdimalik Hajir

Nurses Firm on Strike Amid Threats to Send Them Home

By Angela Oketch and Collins Omulo

Striking nurses and clinicians were Saturday warned against interfering with the smooth running of healthcare services in the country while being ordered to immediately resume duty.

A consultative meeting called on Friday to discuss industrial action by the workers insisted that the strikes were illegal and that those who will not have returned to work be sacked and their positions advertised.

The meeting, chaired by Council of Governors chairman Josephat Nanok, was attended by Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, Principal Secretary Julius Korir, Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson Sarah Serem and Public Service Commission chairperson Margaret Kobia.

Also present were SRC Chief Executive Anne Gitau, Kisii Governor James Ongwae, his Nyandarua counterpart Francis Kimemia as well as Mr Eliud Mureithi who chairs the County Public Service Boards Human Resources Committee.

RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES

Mr Nanok, in a statement after the meeting, directed county governments to deal with their respective employees in resolving the disputes.

The Turkana governor revealed that Kenya Health Professionals, including clinical officers, did not have recognition agreements with their respective counties and that the strike was illegal.

“All the health workers Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) are illegal. If they do not respond to the order and report to work, we have no choice but to advertise their positions,” said Mr Nanok.

The meeting also mandated SRC to manage civil servants’ expectations by making public job evaluation and grading reports for all cadres, including the health sector.

With all the threats, the nurses have maintained they would not return to work unless the CBA was signed.

117 DAYS

“There is no problem; we are relaxed. Let them fire the threats left, right and centre but we are not going to work until the CBA is signed,” said Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary-general Seth Panyako.

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It is now 117 days since the nurses began their strike, having downed their tools on June 5. They are protesting against the breach of a CBA that was to be signed by the government on March 2.

According to the draft CBA, nurses are demanding monthly allowances amounting to Sh25,400 each. They want a Sh15, 400 health risk allowance, a Sh5,000 extraneous allowance and a Sh5,000 responsibility allowance.

They are also pushing for a Sh50, 000 uniform allowance, paid annually for each of the 25,000 unionisable health workers.

SRC maintains the demands by the nurses are unaffordable and should be reviewed.

VOWED

However on Saturday, the nurses vowed to continue with their strike until their CBA is honoured.

Addressing journalists in Nairobi Saturday, Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) secretary general Seth Panyako said no amount of intimidation will make them change their position.

“We would like to tell our members that the strike is still on course and nothing has changed so far. All our members should continue until we get to an agreement with the Council of Governors,” said Mr Panyako.

He criticised the governors for not showing any willingness to end the stalemate.

Mr Panyako’s sentiments were also supported by his deputy Maurice Opetu.

ARM-TWIST

Mr Opetu accused the national and county governments of trying to arm-twist nurses to go back to work.

“Ministry of Labour called for a conciliation meeting between the national government, county government and union of nurses on September 19, we presented ourselves before the conciliator but both the county and national government did not turn up only for the strike to be termed illegal,” he said.

Mr Panyako also hit out at the latest job evaluation report by the SRC that placed nurses on Band 3.

“We oppose the job evaluation report. It is misguided. We don’t know how it was arrived at,” he said.

SERVICES HALTED

Meanwhile, services in public hospitals in Migori County have been halted as clinical officers joined nurses in the ongoing nationwide strike.

Patients are forced to seek treatment in private clinics in the county.

However, most of the clinics are grappling with a large number of patients and are constrained with their limited capacities.

“I came here as early as 6 am and up to now (12 pm), I have not been attended to. I don’t know what to do,” said Ms Mariam Robi Mahemba, a patient at Mother and Child clinic in Kehancha town.

JOINED STRIKE

Mr Chris Onditi, the Migori County Kenya Union of Clinical Officer’s chairman, said over 100 of their members have joined the nurses’ strike.

“We don’t have any issues with the governors and we request SRC to grade us as skilled workers,” added Mr Onditi.

Dalmas Oyugi, the Migori County health officer, said they are hoping that the national government would help end the impasse.

“It is unfortunate clinical officers have joined the strike, further worsening the situation. We hope the national government will step in and save patients the agony they are going through,” said Mr Oyugi.

Additional reporting by Vivere Nandiemo

Kenya: Nurses’ Strike Continues as Leaders Fail to Resolve Issue

By Collins Omulo

Nurses have vowed to continue with their strike until the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) they signed with the Council of Governors is honoured.

The nurses have been on strike since June 5 after the Council failed to register in court a CBA they signed on May 26.

ACCORD

Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) secretary-general Seth Panyako on Saturday said the industrial action has not been put off and that no amount of intimidation would make them falter on their demands.

“We would like to tell our members that the strike is still on course and nothing has changed so far.

“All our members should continue until we get to an agreement with the Council of Governors,” Mr Panyako said.

SOLUTION

Mr Panyako blasted the governors for not ‘showing any interest’ in ending the stalemate.

“High government officials at county level have the key to unlock this stalemate and for them to sit back and say that they are not going to have the issue resolved is making us doubt where we are headed as a nation,” he said.

Knun deputy secretary-general Maurice Opetu also faulted the government for not being keen on resolving the issue.

“The nurses’ strike is still on until the CBA is registered in court because it is long overdue. Kenyans are not getting services but it seems nobody is bothered,” he said.

TALKS

He accused the national and county governments of not attending meetings focused on finding a solution to the strike.

“Ministry of Labour called for a conciliation meeting between the national government, county governments and union of nurses on September 19.

“We presented ourselves before the conciliator but both the county and national government did not turn up only for the strike to be termed illegal.

“This is very clear that the government is not keen and it shows that somebody could be compromising CoG to continue seeing Kenyans suffer and nurses on strike,” he added.

GRADING

In addition, Mr Panyako hit out at the latest job evaluation report by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) that placed nurses in Band B3.

“We oppose the job evaluation report that was released on September 18 as it was misguided and lacked convincing attempts on how it was arrived at.

“We reject in total the rating putting nurses in Band B3 as it continues to grade nurses as unskilled people yet we should be in B and C.

He continued: “No nurses’ representatives participated in the evaluation and all recommendations by the nurses were not considered.”

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Kimemia Opts for Dialogue With Striking Nyandarua Nurses

By Waikwa Maina

Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia has broken ranks with his colleagues and said he will not sack striking nurses in his county but will instead embrace dialogue.

The governor has faulted the approach the Council of Governors has used in addressing the nurses’ strike saying sacking them is not a solution.

He said the nurses and other county employees are not criminals but citizens of Kenya who deserve better leadership and not arbitrary sackings.

He said his administration is opposed to the sackings ordered by the council, adding that he will instead engage them through dialogue.

“I have refused to go that way even at the county government. The employees are qualified professionals serving Kenyans. They deserve a chance to be heard and opportunity to serve people,” said the governor.

He spoke after addressing the Nyandarua County Assembly.

COG DIRECTIVE

The governor’s position goes against the CoG’s directive to county bosses to replace all striking nurses who will not have reported to work by Friday.

The council wrote to governors asking them to advertise positions held by any nurses in their regions who do not report for duty on Friday.

The directive was based on a council meeting held on August 31 which resolved that all striking nurses should return to work by September 8, failing which county governments will issue show cause letters and advertise the positions to be filled competitively.

The letter was written by CoG chief executive officer Ms Jacqueline Mogeni and ordered governors to implement the resolutions arrived at during the meeting.

WORKABLE SOLUTIONS

However, Mr Kimemia Thursday said the governors’ council should strive to apply workable solutions in dealing with the nurses, suggesting more dialogue.

“Sacking them is not the way to go. We are embarking on dialogue with our nurses. They have expressed their desire to report back and we can still negotiate with them as they save lives. We have handled tougher strikes in the past,” the governor said.

He gave the example of teachers’ strikes which paralysed learning in public schools when he served as the secretary to the Cabinet which he said were all amicably resolved.

LEAN CABINET

On local issues, Mr Kimemia promised to have a lean cabinet of ten with fifteen departments, emphasising the need to have a special ministry to handle the affairs of the youth and disabled people.

He also challenged the county assembly to investigate and make public how billions of shillings allocated to the county government were utilised since the start of devolution.

“Nyandarua County is in a pathetic state. The poverty levels stand at 46 percent above the national’s 45 percent. In its oversight role, the assembly has the responsibility to have those funds accounted for,” said the governor.

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Kenya National Union of Nurses Asks SRC to Treat Nurses as Professionals

Nurses have remained adamant that they will not resume duty even as governors threaten to sack them.

Speaking Wednesday in Nairobi, Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako said the workers will not go back to work until their grievances are addressed.

“Nobody can coerce a worker to resume duty without having satisfactory agreements,” said Mr Panyako.

The official added that the strike will only be called off when the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) implements their Collective Bargaining Agreement like what was done for doctors.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

“We are all professionals, therefore, you cannot pay one cadre up to 400 per cent increment while lowering the salaries of the other cadres, dismissing them as semi-skilled workers,” said Mr Panyako.

But in some counties, governors have threatened to move ahead with the disciplinary action against the nurses who have been on strike for the last three months.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has threatened to lay off more than 1,200 striking nurses if they fail to return to work by Friday.

Mr Kinyanjui on Wednesday said those who will not have reported to their respective areas by the end of the week will have their positions advertised for replacement.

DIALOGUE

He spoke as the nurses, through their national association, pleaded with the Council of Governors to give room for more dialogue.

“For three months now, hospitals have not been operational and patients have been forced to seek services in private facilities which they can’t afford. This is totally unacceptable,” said Mr Kinyanjui.

Three weeks ago when he assumed office, the governor formed a taskforce to look into issues affecting the county’s health sector, including the nurses’ strike. The team had 30 days to table its report.

The same case applies to Nandi and Baringo counties where the respective governors have issued a warning that those who will not resume duty by Monday next week will be dismissed for “engaging in an illegal action” that has affected provision of healthcare.

STRAINED SERVICES

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang said the nurses’ strike had strained services in the region’s public health facilities.

“Our health facilities are suffering from inadequate personnel. The current strike by the nurses has been declared illegal by the courts since it is not protected,” said Mr Sang in an address to the Nandi County Assembly.

Mr Sang said the striking nurses must abide by a directive from the Council of Governors which ordered all workers to return to work by September 8 failing which the county government will dismiss them summarily.

“We are in the process of compiling data in order to establish how many nurses are back at work and will proceed forthwith to engage nurses on a contract basis to replace those who deserted duty,” he said. Last month, Baringo County Health Executive Andrew Kwonyike said they had stopped the salaries of nurses who were still on strike.

WILLING

The nurses, led by their union secretary Francis Koros, said they were willing to return to work after the Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed.

The governors’ council had threatened to take disciplinary measures against the nearly 26,000 nurses who have been on strike for the last 102 days.

Despite the threats, the nurses accused the national government of delaying a solution to the strike by failing to listen to their demands.

Nurses from Kisii, Migori, Homa Bay and Nyamira, who staged a demonstration along the streets of Kisii town on Wednesday, said they will not be cowed by the governors’ threats and will only resume work when the CBA is signed. The union’s Kisii County Secretary-General Moses Riang’a said the national government, the governors’ council and SRC had conspired to prolong the strike situation.

DEMANDS

The nurses are demanding Sh25,000 in monthly allowances, Sh15,400 in risk compensation, Sh5,000 in extraneous allowances as well as Sh5,000 responsibility allowance.

They also want Sh50,000 annual allowance for uniform.

But both the governors’ council and SRC have said the caregivers must return to work and await an evaluation of their job descriptions.

“We are used to their threats to sack nurses but we are not afraid. Our stand remains strong and we will not go to work until our demands are met,” said Mr Riang’a.

Reported by Elizabeth Merab, Magdalene Wanja, Elgar Machuka, Philip Bwayo and Flora Koech

Southern Africa: Angola Participates in Ordinary Meeting of SADC’s Central Bank Governors

Luanda — Angola is participating as from last Tuesday until 16 September in Mahe, Seychelles, in the 45th Ordinary Meeting of the Committee of Central Bank Governors (CCBG) of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

The Angolan delegation is being led by the governor of the Angolan Central Bank (BNA) Valter Filipe da Silva, and comprises directors and technicians of the institution, ANGOP has learnt.

The meeting has the objective to debate the matter relating to the economic transformation of SADC countries, analyse macroeconomic policies, development of trade and investments in the region, system of payments, analysis of financial markets, banking supervision, information and communication technologies.

The gathering is equally intended to strengthen co-operation ties among the region’s central banks.

During the event, the Angolan Central Bank (BNA) Governor, Valter Filipe da Silva, is to hold bilateral meetings with his SADC counterparts.

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We Won’t Be Cowed By Threats, Say Nurses

Nurses have vowed to continue with their job strike until their grievances are addressed, saying they will not be cowed by threats to sack them.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) on Tuesday said its members will not be shaken by any threat from governors, adding that they will only resume duty once the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) has been signed.

“Why do they keep threatening us with sacking and employing other nurses?” Knun secretary-general Seth Panyako told the Nation on phone.

ALLOWANCES

The health workers have been away from work since June 5, demanding payment of a Sh25,000 monthly allowance, Sh15,400 in risk compensation and Sh5,000 extraneous allowance, as well as Sh5,000 for responsibility.

They also want to be paid a Sh50,000 annual allowance for uniform.

The strike has mainly affected ordinary Kenyans.

On Tuesday, it emerged that a number of mothers and babies have died in the last three months in Kakamega County due to the absence of caregivers.

DEATHS

Knun’s Kakamega branch officials said six mothers and 123 babies had died at different hospitals in the county.

The secretary, Mr Renson Bulunya, said the situation at the county referral hospital and other health institutions in the region was getting worse.

County director of medical services Arthur Andere said the nurses should take the blame for the situation.

“What did they expect would happen after they abandoned patients? The doctors can do very little after diagnosing and treating patients when nurses are not there to provide care to the sick,” Dr Andere said.

STRIKE END

However, he could not confirm the number of fatalities related to the strike.

“We have made efforts to engage with the nurses in an attempt to resolve the dispute but they have remained defiant,” Dr Andere said.

In a bid to end the strike that has paralysed services at public hospitals for long, governors have been using all means to woo nurses back to work.

The feasibility of hiring new staff remains questionable because Kenya faces an acute shortage of nurses, with only 33,000 of the caregivers in employment.

NEGOTIATION

Mr Panyako said if they had continued with the constructive meetings they had with the governors, they would have gone back to work.

“I don’t think we are going to bow down to threats, having witnessed how the governors have treated us before. Only a signed CBA will make us get back to work,” he said.

Hundreds of striking nurses in Migori County defied the return-to-work order issued by Governor Okoth Obado on Monday.

The Migori County Referral Hospital, dispensaries and health centres remained deserted, with only a few clinical officers and doctors attending to patients at the institutions.

SACKING

Governor Obado instructed the county public service board to advertise nurses’ positions to replace the ones on strike.

The Council of Governors last week wrote to the county bosses asking them to advertise positions held by nurses in their regions who did not report for duty by September 8 as instructed.

Reported by Angela Oketch, Elisha Otieno, B. Amadala

Kenya: We Won’t Be Cowed By Threats, Say Nurses

Nurses have vowed to continue with their job strike until their grievances are addressed, saying they will not be cowed by threats to sack them.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) on Tuesday said its members will not be shaken by any threat from governors, adding that they will only resume duty once the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) has been signed.

“Why do they keep threatening us with sacking and employing other nurses?” Knun secretary-general Seth Panyako told the Nation on phone.

ALLOWANCES

The health workers have been away from work since June 5, demanding payment of a Sh25,000 monthly allowance, Sh15,400 in risk compensation and Sh5,000 extraneous allowance, as well as Sh5,000 for responsibility.

They also want to be paid a Sh50,000 annual allowance for uniform.

The strike has mainly affected ordinary Kenyans.

On Tuesday, it emerged that a number of mothers and babies have died in the last three months in Kakamega County due to the absence of caregivers.

DEATHS

Knun’s Kakamega branch officials said six mothers and 123 babies had died at different hospitals in the county.

The secretary, Mr Renson Bulunya, said the situation at the county referral hospital and other health institutions in the region was getting worse.

County director of medical services Arthur Andere said the nurses should take the blame for the situation.

“What did they expect would happen after they abandoned patients? The doctors can do very little after diagnosing and treating patients when nurses are not there to provide care to the sick,” Dr Andere said.

STRIKE END

However, he could not confirm the number of fatalities related to the strike.

“We have made efforts to engage with the nurses in an attempt to resolve the dispute but they have remained defiant,” Dr Andere said.

In a bid to end the strike that has paralysed services at public hospitals for long, governors have been using all means to woo nurses back to work.

The feasibility of hiring new staff remains questionable because Kenya faces an acute shortage of nurses, with only 33,000 of the caregivers in employment.

NEGOTIATION

Mr Panyako said if they had continued with the constructive meetings they had with the governors, they would have gone back to work.

“I don’t think we are going to bow down to threats, having witnessed how the governors have treated us before. Only a signed CBA will make us get back to work,” he said.

Hundreds of striking nurses in Migori County defied the return-to-work order issued by Governor Okoth Obado on Monday.

The Migori County Referral Hospital, dispensaries and health centres remained deserted, with only a few clinical officers and doctors attending to patients at the institutions.

SACKING

Governor Obado instructed the county public service board to advertise nurses’ positions to replace the ones on strike.

The Council of Governors last week wrote to the county bosses asking them to advertise positions held by nurses in their regions who did not report for duty by September 8 as instructed.

Reported by Angela Oketch, Elisha Otieno, B. Amadala

Court Stops County From Sacking Staff

By Abiud Ochieng

A court has stopped the county government of Nyamira from replacing workers.

The Employment and Labour Relations Court further stopped the devolved unit from recruiting any person to fill the positions of 10 chief county officers and one county secretary, as was intended in an advertisement by the county.

ILLEGAL

The petitioner, Mr Vincent Mariita Omao, in court papers claimed that the county’s action of advertising for positions yet there are workers occupying the offices and discharging their duties amounts to illegal and unfair administrative action.

“The affected officers’ employment contracts have not expired and the county government has breached their contractual terms,” Mr Omao said in court papers.

Among those sued include: The County of Nyamira, the governor, county secretary, chairperson and secretary of Nyamira County Public Service Board.

The court decision comes after Public Service Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, in a letter to the Council of Governors dated August 31, observed that the various categories of county staff include civil servants who are permanent and pensionable, hence cannot be arbitrarily dismissed or suspended unless the laid-out procedures are followed.

Ms Kariuki advised that in case the terms of termination are not included in the letter, then the law must be strictly followed while sending the workers home.

Some of the new governors have sacked several county staff, with critics terming the move as an attempt to reward their loyalists with the posts.

The case will be heard on September 21.

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