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Doctors Strike fate in COTU Secretary General's hands.

By Joseph Sosi | February 3rd 2017
Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has come out on day 60 and pleaded with the court before Justice Hellen Wasilwa at the Milimani law courts to allow a seven-day review extension as he seeks to intervene in negotiations to settle the two months doctors strike.

In his intervention, Atwoli offered to be directly involved in negotiations to end the stalemate in the health sector as the court was set to give the ruling on the application for review.

"Kindly give us more days, specifically seven days and we will endeavor to reach an amicable solution," said Atwoli.
He added that within the seven days, on a give and take basis a solution will be reached.

COTU has since appeared to have been on the periphery as KMPDU face a jail sentence for contempt of court.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa in her ruling said the duty of the court is to find a solution terming the intervention by the COTU secretary general and KNHCR as being late.

She said the court cannot be taken for granted forever giving the new interventions a chance.

She directed COTU leadership to convene a meeting including Council of Governors, KMPDU, Ministry of Finance, Labour and SRC as soon as possible to have the matter solved.

She said those involved will only send representatives with Atwoli calling for the involvement of the Kenya Federation of Employers to have the matter sorted in seven days.

She suspended the ruling to February 13, 2017, warning that the suspension should not be viewed as cowardice on the side of the court.

Atwoli has said the meeting will ensure a return to work formula is reached.

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