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Sorry for insubordination during doctors' strike talks, Muraguri tells Mailu

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu and Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri appear before the Senate Health committee, Febuary 15, 2017. /COURTESY
Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu and Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri appear before the Senate Health committee, Febuary 15, 2017. /COURTESY

Health PS Nicholas Muraguri has apologised following the CS' report that he was insubordinate during negotiations to end the doctors' strike.

Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said Muraguri removed himself from the team he formed, which included ministry officials and Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli.

The Principal Secretary told the Senate Health committee on Wednesday that he was sorry about the incident.

"[There was] miscommunication and the misconception that we were not in good terms," he said.

But Muraguri told the team led by Migori Senator Wilfred Machage that he and Mailu held discussions and agreed on who should take part in the talks.

He said they also discussed his exit from the team but Mailu interjected saying this did not happen.

"While there may be perceived insubordination, I accept the apology. As the CS I have to work with all shades of people," he said.

"...but I want to be on record that at no time did we discuss change of names as the PS has indicated."

He noted that the crisis Kenya is in did not result from his perceived misunderstanding with Muraguri.

Read: Mailu accuses Muraguri of insubordination during talks to end doctors' strike

The two were stripped of their Kenya Medical Association membership, the organisation saying they committed crimes of omission and commission amid the doctors' strike which entered its 73rd day on Tuesday.

"KMA hereby revokes the membership of the two for one year," the association said in a statement.

It further asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to fire the two for failing to contain the doctors strike

"We demand that the President immediately sacks the CS and PS who we consider to be collectively responsible for this crisis," read the statement.

KMA said negotiations cannot take place while doctors are in jail and said it was ready to be enjoined in mediation talks.

Read: KMA revokes Mailu, Muraguri membership over doctors' strike

The Court of Appeal ruled earlier today that the 'CBA 7' should be released from prison immediately and that talks would continue.

Judges Wanjiru Karanja, Hannah Okwengu and Jamilla Mohamed said negotiations will take place over seven days and that they will return to court on February 23.

The talks are to come up with a report aimed at calling off the strike that has lasted more than two months and that private doctors had joined.

Read more: Appeals court frees doctors' union officials, talks to resume

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