Nurses in Trans Nzoia have called off their strike that had lasted for three weeks, saying they have sorted out the contentious issues they had with the County government. The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Trans Nzoia branch secretary Willy Sifuna has urged the nurses to go back to work, adding that the issues had been resolved after meeting the County administration together with Governor Patrick Khaemba.
However, leaders in the County administration didn’t speak to the press to confirm the new resolutions agreed, despite the meeting which lasted more than two hours. “We had a meeting with the County administration, and they’ve accepted to look into our issues in the next two months, so I appeal to the nurses to resume their duties and the patients are free to visit the hospitals for treatment,” said Sifuna.
Moreover, the KNUN branch secretary said they had called off the strike owing to the Court order crippling the nurses strike to pave way for talks. On his part, the union chairman Eliud Cheruiyot assured nurses of the job security, saying no one will be subjected to any penalties, and that it’s their democratic right to go on strike. He has also urged nurses to resume their duties as they continue engaging the County government, “Our members should have confidence and faith in us as we continue pushing for better pay for them, and as we engage the County government on matters affecting us.”