News highlights- February 14 2017 Doctors solidarity vigil broken up by armed police

News highlights- February 14 2017 Doctors solidarity vigil broken up by armed police

Doctors ‘solidarity’ vigil broken up by armed police

A vigil by doctors intended to be in solidarity with the jailed KMPDU officials was last night broken up after police interrupted the proceedings and ordered the doctors out of the premises or risk forceful eviction. The doctors had earlier assembled at the railways club in Nairobi for what they termed as a night vigil to stand in solidarity with their jailed union heads when the police arrived and surrounded the tented venue for the vigil.

The boisterous songs and chants soon took an angry and uncertain note when the paramilitary arm of the police service, the GSU, were seen arriving at the venue with the officers heavily armed with assault rifles and tear gas canisters as well as stout clubs (rungus).

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Doctors’ union officials jailed for contempt of court

Nairobi Central OCPD Robinson Thuku then ordered the doctors to disband their assembly terming it illegal, resulting in a heated exchange with some of the remaining doctors’ union leaders.

Soon after, the doctors reluctantly vacated the venue under the watchful eye of the security officers present who had formed a cordon around the tent. The standoff had lasted for close to 4 hours.

Impact of ballots tender ruling on August poll grave – IEBC

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says Monday’s quashing of a tender to supply election materials will have serious implications on the August General Election. IEBC Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba says the ruling by Justice George Odunga means that all the decisions made by the commission in the last three months were in that sense null and void.

“His argument is that there was no Commission once the President declared the positions vacant. So it might as well mean that all decisions made in the last three months were null and void,” Chiloba said.

According to Chiloba, Odunga’s ruling on further interpretation, also means that all other decisions including on by-elections, ballot papers, audit, staffing, registration of voters, ICT and Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System (KIEMS) were also invalid.

“Just finished reading the 145 page judgement by Odunga on the ballot paper contract. Huge implications for next elections! From Oct 6, 2016, Decisions on by-elections, ballot papers, audit, staffing, KIEMS, registration, ICT regulations… all NULL & VOID,” his tweets stated.

READ ALSO: New twist to NYS staff caught yesterday registering voters using IEBC BVR kits

This is what ‘CBA 7’ are fighting for

Seven Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) were on Monday, 13th February, jailed for contempt of court after failing to call off a doctors’ strike. But, what were the contents of the disputed agreement signed between them and the Ministry of Health?

The 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed by the Government and the then KMPDU Secretary general Sultani Matendechero and chairman Victor Ng’ani on June 27, 2013 would see a 300% pay hike to all medical practitioners.

The agreement also included a review of job groups, promotions, deployment as well as the annual recruitment of 1,200 doctors annually to reduce the doctor patient ratio to 1: 16000 Kenyans.

If implemented, the 2013 CBA would see the lowest paid doctor earn a salary of over Ksh300, 000 and the highest paid would earn slightly under Ksh.1 million per month.

The House allowance would rise to between Ksh.30, 000 and Ksh.120, 000 depending on the job group, up from between Ksh.20, 000 and Ksh.80, 000.

The CBA provided that all doctors in public facilities would work 40 hours per week and any extra hours would be compensated.

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