Nyamira Governor John Nyagarama has urged the Doctors and Nurses to wait for a court verdict in a case on their June and July salary before they are paid.
The Doctors and Nurses are demanding for their unpaid salaries for two months.
"I do not want to be in contempt of court. We will only pause our talks until and after an industrial court has ruled for or against your case on the unpaid salaries," said Nyagarama in a meeting held on 8th September 2018 between him and the Kenya National Union of Nurses, Nyamira Branch officials in his office.
The Governor maintained that despite the lack of effective communication from the executive on staff salary delays while he was out of the country, it was unnecesary for the medics to go on strike.
According to Nyagarama, none of his County workers had been paid during that time.
"I understand that medics perform the most sensitive work world over. That you voluntarily decided to down your working tools, was not the best option. Dialogue could have been given a chance", said Nyagarama.
The officials led by the Nyamira Branch Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Richard Oruta and his Chairman Andrew Okebiro had paid the Governor a courtesy call early today morning.
Governor Nyagarama told the nurses union that his government has always embraced an open door policy to help solve their problems.
A week ago, Nyamira Assembly and the Executive took a common position of only paying workers who were on duty.
Nyamira Public Sevice Board Chair Mr. Peter Nyakundi urged the officials to be considerate while championing for their members' rights.
"We cannot pay for work not done. We are a family and Kenyans are watching. As much as we may want to help each other, we cannot assume and bend the law. Your employer is Nyamira County and our position is clear. Let us follow the law," Charged Nyakundi. He added that medics were demanding pay for the period they were out of their work stations illegally.