Seth Panyako blames COG leadership on prolonged nurses’ strike

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako Monday blamed the council of governor’s leadership for failure to end nurses’ strike.

Panyako claimed that the governors under the leadership of Turkana County governor Josephat Nanok has failed to resolve the matter and thus leading to closure of business in most of the hospitals.

Addressing the nurses and the media outside Supreme Court after the court postponed hearing on nurses strike appeal case, Panyako said delay in solving the issue follows conflict between the national government and county government. National Government and county governments are not embracing negotiations in order to end the strike, said Mr.Panyako.

Panyako asserted that Josphat Nanok who is the leader of council of governors and a member of NASA is failing to demonstrate good leadership to ensure the nurses’ grievances were resolved.

We as the nurses are not happy with Council of Governors’ leadership under Nanok. We are therefore appealing to President Uhuru to intervene and restore sanity in the ministry of health. If the president will help us, then we are going to plead with our nurses to support the current government during the oncoming elections to be held on October 26, this month, said Panyako.

He further accused KNUN chairman John Bii of colluding with employees, employers and other stakeholders to frustrate the ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the government.

I want to tell Bii without any fear of defamation that you and your future generations are cursed and will never find peace for accepting to intimidate nurses and Kenyans, Panyako reiterated.

The nurses’ strike Panyako said is still on until their complaints were addressed.

A panel of three judges dismissed the hearing of nurse’s appeal regarding the jail term accorded to nurses for striking.

The judges, headed by Phillip Waki postponed the hearing because there was lack of evidence for the notice served to KNUN advocates.

Source: Kenya News Agency