Police in Nairobi have launched a manhunt for officials of the Kenya County Government Workers Union who defied a court order and staged a demonstration outside City Hall.
This is after interim county secretary Lillian Ndegwa got a warrant of arrest for the union officials. The county government had earlier this week moved to court seeking to halt the planned strike. It said the strike breached the mandatory legal provision of the Labour Relations Act and the employees were engaged in the provision of essential services in the city.
Nairobi county police boss Benson Kibue yesterday said they are following leads to ascertain where the officials are hiding. He said citizens should obey court orders. "Once we arrest them, we will take them to court immediately," Kibue said. The union officials yesterday held a parade outside City Hall, barring motorists from using the busy Mundi Mbingu Street.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is said to have held a crisis meeting with his top executive members, and resolved to hire the services of the National Youth Service to avert the crisis of provision of services in the city. NYS director Japhet Rugut confirmed having received a letter from Ndegwa requesting for personnel who will collect parking fees, garbage and sweep streets from this morning.
The workers went on strike to compel the county government to implement a Collective Bargaining Agreement dated September 1 last year. However, the county government said they were not party to the pact. They told Industrial Court judge Maureen Onyango that the revenue they collect is not sufficient to implement the CBA or subsidise the operational costs of services.