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Fact Finding Team visits Nyando sub County

Civil servants and teachers in Nyando Sub County will soon know whether or not they will start benefitting from hardship allowance following a fact-finding mission visit by the Inter-Agency technical committee over the matter.


The visit follows a request by the area MP Jared Okello for the government to classify the constituency a hardship area due to perennial floods menace.


Okello said the locals suffered whenever it rained and also wondered the criteria used to designate areas as hardships.


The MP complained many teachers prefer working in neighboring Muhoroni and Nyakach Sub Counties to get hardship allowance as opposed to Nyando sub county that offered no allowances.


The legislator has submitted various supporting documents and evidence to the National Treasury for considerations.


Teachers from the sub County led by KNUT officials have petitioned the National Assembly and the Ministry of Education and Teachers Service Commission for consideration to award them hardship allowances.


Ephraim Kananga the branch executive secretary said most schools in the area were facing shortage of teachers because most of those who were posted there leave due to floods.


In April this year, floods destroyed roads, schools amongst other infrastructure in the area after displacing about 100 households.


The team will also visit Sondu and Muhoroni in Kisumu County to study and make recommendations on current policies and applicable circulars on designated hardship areas and payment of hardship allowance in the public service.


The committee comprises of representatives from Ministry of Public Service and Gender, The National Treasury and Planning, Judiciary, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Public Service Commission, Council of Governors and Commission on Revenue Allocation.


By John Ochanda


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