The Kenyan labour court has jailed officials of the doctors’ union for contempt. The presiding Judge lifted the suspension on the one-month sentence she had imposed on the officials, when they failed to comply with the court’s conditions.

She had asked top chiefs of Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Unions (KMPDU) to call off their job boycott and engage the government in talks.

On December 20, the Employment and Labour Relations Court found KMPDU Chairman Samuel Oroko, Secretary-General Ouma Oluga and others guilty of contempt after they ordered their members to boycott work at the beginning of December.

Justice Wasilwa’s judgement followed a suit filed by the Council of Governors, which had obtained a court order stopping the industrial action that entered its 72nd day on Monday.

The judge had suspended the sentence on two occasions to give KMPDU and the national and county governments time to end the deadlocked dispute.