The 7 Kenya Medical Practictioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) officials who had been sentenced to one month in jail on February 13th for failing to call off the doctors strike have been released.
The 7 medical union officials have been set free pending hearing and determination of the appeal against Justice Hellen Wasilwa’s decision to jail them.
They are expected back in court on February 23.
The doctors who had earlier on cancelled negotiations with the government due to their officials being jailed have now agreed to resume talks immediately.
A team from the Law Society of Kenya and Kenya National Commission on Human Rights will jointly lead the mediation efforts.
The release of the doctors’ officials follows a move by the doctors to court to file an appeal against them for contempt of court.
The appeal was argued by lawyers James Orengo and Philip Murgor, who had offered to lead the team of lawyers representing the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union officials.