A casual worker who had been suspended by Nandi County Government was dramatically arrested on monday.
Mark Kirwa had been suspended alongside other employees for allegedly demanding for timely payment of salaries.
Kirwa was among the many other employees who had been warned against setting foot near the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital premises.
He was arrested by security officers in the morning and taken to Kapsabet Central Police Station where he was allegedly held for about some hours.
Kirwa claimed he had accompanied his sickly wife to the medical facility when he arrested.
“I had accompanied my wife to hospital when enforcement officers ambushed me at the waiting bay,” said Kirwa.
The arrest of Kirwa led to protests from other staff who demanded for his immediate release.
“He has recorded statement and was discharged without bail. We shall investigate claims made against him,” said Kapsabet police boss Samson Ole Kinne.
The charges labelled against Kirwa include creating disturbance and incitement of casual workers.
Upon his release from police, Kirwa firmly stated that employees must be paid their salaries which have accruy for nine months.
“It is unfortunate that that the management has directed that we should be denied medical services because of our demands,” he lamented.
Another embattled employee, Judy Jepchumba, claimed the health facility had threatened them against pushing for their rights.
“We signed a contract of three years last year on November and since then we have not been paid,” she revealed.
But the county government claimed it was unable to pay the employees because there were no funds.
“The county has a huge wage bill and it is straining the county resources. We were weighing options including slotting the workers in the youth find,” said County Secretary Dr Francis Sang.