Nurses’ union chairman Bii wants Panyako to quit
The rift within the nurses’ union has widened after a faction led by national chairman John Bii demanded that secretary general Seth Panyako quit for allegedly misleading nurses to strike.
The nurses’ strike entered Day 84 yesterday. It began on June 5.
Bii said the nurses have been on an illegal strike for more than two months. He said Panyako wanted to use the boycott for political gain in Kakamega, where he unsuccessfully ran for senator.
“You can no longer benefit nurses and you should quit,” Bii said in Eldoret.
He urged all nurses to resume work as requested by President Uhuru Kenyatta, to pave way for talks on their CBA.
“Most of our members are back on duty, but we are urging all others to [go back to work] so that we facilitate an environment for negotiations,” Bii said.
Panyako has in turn accused Bii of being used by the state to frustrate nurses’ demands and to delay the signing of the CBA.
Two weeks ago more than 1,000 nurses at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret returned to work.