Kenya: Appeal to Free Jailed Doctors' Officials Due in Court

  • Kenya: Appeal to Free Jailed Doctors' Officials Due in Court

Kenya: Appeal to Free Jailed Doctors' Officials Due in Court

The strike will start at midnight, said Jacqueline Kitulu, the national chairwoman of the Kenya Medical Association.

The court of appeal has with immediate effect quashed a one month jail term imposed on doctors union chiefs and ordered their freedom, pending further negotiations between concerned parties.

The officials have been set free pending hearing and determination of the appeal against Justice Hellen Wasilwa's decision to jail them and parties are expected back in court on February 23.

Kenyan university lecturers are also on strike over pay.

The strike has affected all public hospitals, leaving Kenya's once proud health system in tatters and people dying if they can't afford private health care.

Jailing them for contempt of court, the judge said they had provided no reason for the punishment to be deferred.

Adding to that, private doctors announced that they will go on strike as well, to support the imprisoned union officials.

During the court proceedings, which stretched into the early hours of the morning Wednesday, striking doctors dressed in white gowns and surgical caps marched through the streets protesting the imprisonment of their colleagues.

Kenya medical students protest in solidarity with a doctor's strike on January 19, 2017 in the capital / Thousands of Kenyan public sector doctors are now engaged in the country's longest-ever medical strike which has dragged on for the last month and a half, demanding a tripling of salaries and better working conditions.

"We do not want money".

Doctors have rejected a government offer to increase their salaries by 40 percent, according to union officials. He said that Kenya should not be in the business of jailing doctors and criticized the current president for his silence on the matter.

In October a year ago, Kenyans were outraged when local media reported that an audit had revealed that more than $50 million was missing from the Health Ministry.