News headlines January 23 2017

Doctors’ strike talks to resume as arrest deadline looms

Talks to end the doctors’ strike are due to resume today even as Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists (KMPDU) Union officials risk going to jail should negotiations hit a deadlock by Thursday.

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said that he had called the doctors in for talks on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

“If we analyse the situation, the best we can do is to negotiate with the doctors despite their stance though they should respect the court’s decision to call off the strike,” he said.

Read also: Let’s talk, Mailu tells striking doctors

The Health CS however insisted that the government cannot pay the high salaries they are demanding hence the need to re-negotiate the CBA.

“What they are asking for is beyond our reach. They should tone down on their demands so that we can move forward. Kenyans are suffering because of this strike,” he stated.

But KMPDU Chairman Samuel Oroko stated that the seven officials are ready to be jailed over the CBA which they insist must be implemented.

“We are ready to go to jail if that means fighting for the rights of doctors. The government seems not to be serious in the engagements and we will not relent until the CBA is signed,” he said.

Govt to give progress in lobbying for Amina’s AU post

The government is on Monday expected to make public the progress made so far in lobbying for Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for the African Union (AU) Commission top job.

The update will be issued by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i who chairs the Cabinet Committee on Kenya’s Candidature for the African Union Commission Chairperson.

Read also: Uhuru urges diplomats to back CS Amina’s AU candidature

Matiang’i will also outline Kenya’s agenda at the African Union Summit scheduled for Addis Ababa Ethiopia between January 29-31.

Elections for the AUC chairperson post will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

The polls are expected to fill all the 10 positions including AUC Deputy Chairperson and eight commissioners.

Uhuru to vacate Presidency if he loses August General elections

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reassured Kenyans that he will respect their wish and relinquish power should he lose in the August General election.

“You can expect me to obey the will of the people of Kenya”, he said.

Read also: Top 10 #UhuruChallenge tweets

President Uhuru made this reassurance as he continued with his tour across counties to push for voter registration in his support base during the ongoing Mass Voter Registration exercise.

He was responding to questions by journalists at the Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri County. He also called on Kenyans, especially the youth, to collect their ID cards from registration bureaus and register as voters ahead of the crucial August Election, assuring that his government is employing various means to avail National ID cards, thousands that remain uncollected.

“An ID is the right of every Kenyan who has attained the age. We will take action on those who ask for bribes instead of giving IDs,” said the head of state.

 

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