Nurses’ Union Boss Seth Panyako Arrested Over KNH Nurses’ Strike


Kenya National Nurses Union (KNUN) secretary general Seth Panyako among other officials have been arrested by the police for allegedly inciting nurses at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to strike.

The arrest was instigated by KNH security boss Manase Mukhwana who termed Panyako as an outsider meddling with KNH affairs, illegally.

“Panyako has no permit to incite nurses to strike. He is an outsider, hence, cannot come here to cause disruption at the hospital when nurses are at work,” Mukhwana said.

The nurses have been decrying KNH management’s decision to bar them from joining a workers’ union.

Read: Bereaved Mother Who Assaulted KNH Nurse Says She Was Rude

Currently, members of the Kenya National Union of Nurses are currently demonstrating outside KNH, paralysing operations at the hospital.

Reports by the Star indicate that the nurses are also complaining of security concerns citing an assault on a nurse by a bereaved mother on October 14.

“Our colleague was hurt but the management has not taken any action or given any information regarding the patient who assaulted the nurse,” one of them said, as quoted by the daily.


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