KMPDU Union doctors are seeking orders to have Cabinet Secretaries Ministry of ministry of health and labor to appear in court to show cause why they should not be committed to jail for contempt of court orders.
They also want a commercial court to hold Mutahi Kagwe, Mary Mwandime the Chairperson of (KEMSA) board and John Kibuchi chairman of KEMSA in contempt of court orders.
Through Lawyer Henry Kurauka, the doctors says that on November 8, 2021 Judge Ocharo Kebira granted conservatory orders restricting KEMSA,Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health, Attorney General and Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Labor and Social protection from declaring redundant or terminating the services of KMPDU’s staff and replacing them .
Kurauka added that those orders were extended till February 22, 2022 when a judgement will be delivered, he added that KEMSA and the said ministries were restrained from replacing those staff with the people from Kenya Defense Forces and National Youth Service (NYS).
“The said government officials ought to be cited and committed to jail for contempt of court orders issued on November 8, 2021 by Judge Kebira and extended by lady justice Maureen Onyango,”added Kurauka who is representing KMPDU.
He added that every person or state organ is obligated to obey court orders and respect them and the court should punish those who are disobeying court orders.
Kurauka added that the respondents were served with the said orders on November 9, 2021 and an affidavit of service was filed on November 17, 2021.
He added that some of the KMPDU members have been sent home for 45 days and they have been told that they will receive calls which is against staff rules and regulations that forbids more than 15 days accumulation of leave days annually.
Kurauka said that 29 doctors have been affected by the decision by the board to send 29 of them on compulsory leave.