Ruling on doctors’ union officials jail sentence on Friday
Striking doctors’ union officials will know their fate on Friday when the court makes a ruling on their suspended one-month jail sentence.
Employment and Labour Relations Court judge Justice Hellen Wasilwa was to rule today on the matter after twice suspending the jail sentence but deferred her ruling to Friday.
She directed the seven Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials who were in court to again appear before her when the ruling is delivered on Friday.
In doing so, she extended the one month suspended sentence hanging on the officials for three more days to call off the strike that entered its 58th day today.
"This court will deliver a ruling a ruling on Friday. As such I have extended the suspension of the ruling to same date, "
The seven officials represented by lawyer Edgar Washika put up a spirited fight against their jailing arguing that they had done all that was in their jurisdiction to call of the strike but had been frustrated by government authorities who were non-committal to addressing issues raised by the striking doctors.
NASA committee to advise on presidential flagbearer
The much christened National Supper Alliance (NASA) has formally been formed with the outfit unveiling an 11-member technical committee to advise the coalition on who is best suited to vie for the presidency on its ticket.
The committee which starts its work immediately will also advise the coalition on ‘other’ issues, Nasa top leaders said today.
The team was unveiled today at Serena Hotel in Nairobi at a function attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress and Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya – all the four parties that form NASA.
It came after the four leaders held a meeting in Nairobi yesterday, where they agreed that each party nominates two members to sit in the committee which will midwife the birth of the united opposition outfit to face President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee in the August 8, general election.
The eight members will be joined by three members of the Cord Management Committee, Senators James Orengo (Siaya, ODM), Johnstone Muthama (Machakos, Wiper) and Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu (Ford Kenya).
ODM settled on Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire and Nominated Senator Agnes Zani to represent its interests in the committee, while Wiper Party picked former deputy Speaker Farah Maalim and National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze. Former Cabinet minister Kipruto Kirwa and Kibisu Kabatesi will represent Mudavadi’s ANC while Ford Kenya will be represented by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa.
Linguistic divisions cost me top job, says Amina
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has cited Africa’s division along linguistic lines as the key reason she lost the African Union Commission chairperson post.
The CS who had been widely tipped for the AU top job was yesterday floored by Chad Foreign Affairs minister Moussa Mahamat after seven rounds of voting at the union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ambassador Mohamed has now attributed her loss to the continent’s division along language lines with West African countries, mainly French-speaking nations, heavily backing the Chadian candidate.
Addressing her first interview after yesterday’s vote, Ms Mohamed said she would now focus on fulfilling her duties as Kenya’s foreign minister.
“It is sad that Africa is divided along language lines. It is a good lesson for us moving forward,” she said.
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