Nurses’ union chair­man Bii wants Panyako to quit

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministry -

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.

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