All the officials of the Meru South Sub-County Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) branch sailed through unopposed in an election that was supervised by representatives from both the National Executive and the Department of Labour.
Speaking after recapturing his position as the branch Secretary General Albert Njeru Mutani said that he will continue fighting for the rights of teachers without fear or favour and immediately took issue with seminars being conducted over weekends.
“I will not sit back and watch as the government continues to kill Knut and intimidate teachers into conducting business on Saturdays and Sundays when just like other Kenyans should be attending the church,” said Mutani who was re-elected for a second term.
The branch executive secretary expressed his appreciation to the teachers for coming out in large numbers to elect officials of their choice and assured them as a team they will maintain the same spirit of working tirelessly without fear or favour to ensure that no intimidation stops Knut from fighting for the rights of teachers.
He also raised issues with the manner in which the TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia was treating teachers and called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to pay a personal attention on the plight of the teachers.
“We are not taking the intimidation of teachers to move out of our union with the ultimate motive of killing the union lightly and we call the president to keep a close eye on how TSC is handling teachers,” said Mutani.
The elections were held on Saturday at the DC’s grounds in Chuka town, with Roselyne Njoki Kamia representing the national executive and Silvia Njeru the labour office. The representative from the national executive was tasked with delivery outcome of the elections to Nairobi.
by Jackline Mwende/David Mutwiri