Appeals court frees doctors’ union officials

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The Court of Appeal in Nairobi has freed seven doctors’ union officials jailed on Monday. Judges Wanjiru Karanja, Hannah Okwengu and Jamilla Mohamed who freed the officials said negotiations will take place over seven days and that they will return to court on February 23.

The talks are to come up with a report aimed at calling off the strike that has lasted more than two months, which has seen private sector doctors also join industrial action.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) will lead the negotiations. The Council of Governors has also agreed to take part in the talks alongside Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) officials.

The officials set free are Chairman Samuel Oroko, Secretary General Ouma Oluga, Treasurer Daisy Korir, Deputy Treasurer Evelyne Chege, Allan Ochanji, Mwachonda Chibandzi and Titus Ondoro.

Oluga and six others were handcuffed and taken to various prisons on Monday to serve their month-long sentence.

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