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Daily Nation : February 11th 2014
20 | County News NAKURU | FKE wants fired staff reinstated Tension at hospital as nuns demand jobs Workers fired over ownership row of mission hospital fail to report at work BY MUCHEMI WACHIRA @wachiramuchemi firstname.lastname@example.org who had been sacked following a row over its ownership issued a notice demanding their jobs back. The Court of Appeal had T last week ordered the management of St Mary’s Mission Hospitals to reinstate eight nuns belonging to Assumption Sisters of Nairobi. The nuns had been laid off in 2011 after they allegedly attempted to take over the hospital from its founder, The Rev Dr William Charles Fryda. In a ruling delivered by Industrial Court Judge in 2012, Mr Justice Isaac Mukunya ordered the management to ension gripped a hospital in Nakuru yesterday after seven workers reinstate the sacked staff. However, two directors of the hospital, Dr Walter Konya and Dr Rucha Marangu, failed to comply with the court order. They were jailed for one month for contempt of court. They appealed against the contempt order at the Court of Appeal, which ordered them to first reinstate the WHAT’S ALLEGED Court ordered reinstatement n 2011: The eight nuns are laid off for allegedly attempting to take control of the hospital n 2012: The Industrial Court orders the management to reinstate them. The managers ignore the order and are jailed for contempt of court n 2014: Federation of Kenya Employers ask the managers to reinstate the sacked workers. eight nuns before proceeding with the case. On January 24, 2014, Fed- eration of Kenya Employers through its legal officer, Mr Masese Mabeya, wrote to the hospital directors urging them to reinstate the nuns. “The nuns notified us that they were coming to take up their jobs today and we want to see who will reinstate them,” an official at the hospital who declined to be named told the Nation. Law enforcers led by Gilgil Police boss Serah Koki kept vigil at the hospital. Ms Koki first held a meeting with the management and by the time of going to press, the sacked hospital staff had not shown up. The row over ownership of St Mary’s Mission Hospital that has branches in Nairobi and Elementaita has for the last four years been at the centre of numerous legal battles. Dr Fryda has accused As- sumption Sisters, the trustees of the land on which the hospitals stand, of taking them by force. TRANSPORT |Work on railway starts DAILY NATION Tuesday February 11, 2014 NYERI Coffee case adjourned as lawyer falls ill BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A case involving the coffee board, 13 coffee factories and the Nyeri county government was yesterday adjourned to February 24 after a lawyer fell ill. The case arose after Nyeri Gov- ernor Nderitu Gachagua issued a circular on October 30 last year directing that all coffee beans from the county be processed by Sagana Coffee Mills. The lawyer for the factories, Mr Muthui Kimani, told the court that he could not proceed with the case due to a sore throat. Implementation He also asked the court to adjourn the hearing to give the respondents more time to prepare since he had just issued them with the case applications. Nyeri resident judge James LABAN WALLOGA | NATION An employee of China Roads and Bridges Corporation operates a machine used to study the soil structure yesterday at Mackinon area in Taita Taveta County. Work on the controversial Sh327 billion standard gauge railway line has started despite ongoing probe in Parliament. Wakiaga, who earlier stopped the implementation of the circular pending the determination of the review instituted by the coffee factories, allowed the case to be adjourned. The Coffee Board of Kenya, through their lawyer Mary Osolo, and the county government, through lawyer Wahome Gikonyo, accepted the adjournment.
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