In Summary
  • Obengo said nurses are ready to initiate the negotiations, saying threats by the CoG were meant to intimidate them.
  • Governor Nanok said some governors are new and need time to reorganise their governments.
  • Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi pleaded with nurses to report back to work.

The National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) has asked the Council of Governors to consider dialogue with striking nurses before resorting to other disciplinary measures.

The association spoke as Council of Governors chairman Josphat Nanok ruled out any further negotiations and directed governors to take action against nurses who have not heeded the call to return to work.

Mr Nanok said that all nurses who are still on strike should be sacked by their respective county governments as the strike had been declared illegal by the courts.

HIRE NEW NURSES

“The counties are free to advertise for new applicants to replace those who had not reported back to work after September 8. We have given the governors the go ahead and advertise for the jobs,” Mr Nanok said in Shamanei village in Laikipia County where he had gone to condole with his Laikipia counterpart Ndiritu Muriithi who lost his mother on Friday.

The Turkana Governor ruled out dialogue, saying there was no further room for negotiations with the nurses who have been on strike since June.

But the nurses association chairman Alfred Obengo in an interview with Nation said they are ready for talks that will lead to a lasting solution.

“The CoG is the employer and is therefore at liberty to take any step including legal action they feel is good for them but before then, there is need to hear out both sides on the matter,” Mr Obengo said.

He said nurses are ready to initiate the negotiations, saying the threats issued by the CoG were meant to intimidate them.

“We remain in solidarity with the nurses in their struggle as we continue to appeal for constructive dialogue to end the suffering of innocent Kenyans,” he said.

NEW GOVERNORS

Governor Nanok said some governors are new and need time to reorganise their governments.

“The court has already ruled on the matter so it is either they report back to work or be sacked,” he said about the striking nurses.

“We are all aware that we are having new governors in office while others were re-elected. The nurses should first report back to work as we find a solution to their grievances,” said the CoG chairman.

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