Atwoli urges doctors to form ad hoc committee, push for resignation of PS Muraguri

Doctors have vowed to push for the resignation of the top ministry officials. Their mediator Atwoli, on the other hand, has urged doctors to form a committee through which they apologise to the court.

 

Doctors, who after the historic ruling converged at the Railways Club in Nairobi, have vowed to derail the talks related to their earlier calls for the implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in 2013 by both parties to end the impasse, until the seven officials are released.

Earlier, in the morning ruling in the Labour and Relations Court in Nairobi by Justice Hellen Wasilwa, KMPDU lawyer pleaded with the court not to lock the seven officials, as talks to end the strike would resume, a plea she turned down for failing to show course.

“We're pleading for more time. What benefit is it if you put the doctors behind bars and the talks collapse?” he said on Monday during his presentation.

Atwoli’s reactions

He has instead urged the interim committee – which he proposes be formed – to divulge into the return to work formula.

Speaking from Kajiado on a local TV channel, Atwoli has said that the CBA contested should be on a give and take basis, not what the doctors are contesting for.

“The government can decide to instead withdraw its initial offer. So they must get a way of discussing the offer while in work. You cannot negotiate a CBA while on strike. I would urge them to return to work as they work on clearing the mess,” she said.

Way forward

In the meantime, Atwoli has urged doctors to create an ad hoc committee to face the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Cabinet Secretary Cecily Kariuki to compel the doctors to forge a way forward to end the impasse.

Atwoli has also called on doctors to formulate a return to work formula through which they can apologise to the court.

“The only thing they can do in the meantime is to create that committee so that through it, they face the court with a new formula detailing how they will resume work. This must be done with a third party and so they need to approach the Ministry of Gender and Social Affairs,” he said.

He has said that he is ready to once against mediate the Am ready to resume talks only with the return to work formula and an apology to the court.

Atwoli has instead urged doctors to push for the resignation of Health PS Nicholas Muraguri, instead of the CS.

He has faulted the intruders into the talks saying that doctors are being misled in the long run.

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