Kindiki: Protests by striking doctors are in contempt of court

The Interior CS has asked law enforcement agencies to protect those who have disregarded the ongoing strike.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki now says gatherings and protests by striking health workers are in contempt of court.

Kindiki on Tuesday, April 9 said that those participating in the ongoing strike are going against the orders of the Employment and Labour Relations Court, which urged reconciliation and negotiations.

"It is noted with grave concern that the participants in the industrial action by health workers continue to defy the aforesaid court order and to intimidate and threaten violence against health workers who have opted not to participate in the unlawful strike," he said. 

The CS urged law enforcement agencies to protect those who have foregone the strike, stating that the participants of the industrial action have threatened to disrupt service delivery in health institutions.

"Law enforcement agencies are directed to ensure strict maintenance of law and order to protect the general public and the health workers who have chosen to obey the court order," he added.

The CS says the protests in pursuit of grievances outside the law and in breach of court directives undermine the constitutional order of the country and are, therefore, not permissible.