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Sacked Taita Taveta nurses vow to take the battle to court

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A total of 500 nurses who were sacked by Taita Taveta County government have vowed to take the battle to court to demand reinstatement.

The nurses were early last week barred from accessing their work stations by County officials.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Taita Taveta branch Reuben Matolo said the nurses were barred from accessing the Moi Referral Hospital in Voi as well as other public health facilities within the county.

He said the court had earlier ruled that all the striking medics countrywide be reinstated and accorded all their dues.

“However, Taita Taveta county government ordered us to reapply for employment, we will not do that but battle it out at the corridors of justice,” said Mr. Matolo.

He accused the county government for recklessly handling the health sector and it’s personnel as well.

“The medics industrial action was a nationwide and the court ruled in favour of the nurses, the county government has no alternative but to reinstate all our dismissed nurses,” he said.

Taita Taveta County government has already employed over 300 nurses.

According to the county health executive Leverson Mghendi, the county government pleaded with the nurses to deliberate and agree with the county on various payment aspects, however, they did not participate in any deliberations.

“Despite most of their demands met by the county government, they went ahead and joined their colleagues in the over three months industrial action,” said Mr. Mghendi.

He said the strike had paralysed the county’s health sector and that they had no option but to axe the striking nurses.

However, the nurses have remained adamant demanding reinstatement or they take the battle to court.