News highlights- February 23 2017 Mediations to end doctors’ strike extended by 7 more days

News highlights- February 23 2017 Mediations to end doctors’ strike extended by 7 more days

Mediation talks extended by 7 more days

Talks to end the doctors’ strike that is now in its 81st day will continue for another week after the Court of Appeal granted an extension as filed by the mediators.

The court on Thursday, February 23 gave the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) seven more days to end the impasse in the country’s public health system.

The parties at the helm of the talks were today expected to report on progress made in mediations between the government and the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) before the court as they had been instructed last week.

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Judge Hannah Okwengu granted the extension citing significant strides have been made by the LSK and KNCHR in ending the medics’ work boycott.

Justice Hannah Okwengu during her interview for the Deputy Chief Justice in 2016

Bodies of 4 men found in abandoned car off Nairobi-Naivasha highway

Police have recovered four male bodies that were found in an abandoned car in Gitaru, off the Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

According to officers, the men seem to “have been strangled before they were put into the saloon car and abandoned at the interchange.”

The car had been at the site since Wednesday morning when the owner of a nearby apartment called police to check on it. When police arrived there, they found two bodies in the boot and two others in the back seat.

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The identities of the men are yet to be known and witnesses say they seem to have been killed elsewhere and bodied abandoned there in the car.

They were taken to the city mortuary as a probe was launched.

Women fined one goat each for protesting against Raila

Women from Samburu County who protested against Opposition chief Raila Odinga during his February 6 visit to the county have been summoned to appear before the Samburu Council of Elders on Friday, March 3 – and each is expected to take with her a goat.

Over 1000 Samburu elders, who met at Yamo area in Maralal Town on Tuesday, endorsed a decision to have those who participated, or sponsored, the demonstrations against Mr Odinga to appear before them with a goat, which will be slaughtered for cleansing purposes, failure to which the demonstrators would be cursed.

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“Those who took part in the protest against Raila Odinga have been given one week to appear before the elders for questioning. They would, thereafter, be cleansed for the wrong they committed, failure to which we will cast a curse on them,” said Joseph Lenanguram, a Samburu elder.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga in Garissa on February 9 2017 during a voter mobiliztion drive

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