Thursday, April 18, 2024

Teachers regret ever affiliating with Opposition

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has thrown its weight behind President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza government.

The union has recounted the adversities it faced in the previous Jubilee government over its affiliation with the opposition.

The officials you see here went for over two years without a salary. That is a mistake we can’t make again. We will support the government of the day

Collins Oyu

Secretary  General Collins Oyu recounted how officials went for years without  salary, among other forms of intimidation.

“The officials you see here went for over two years without a salary. That is a mistake we can’t make again. We will support the government of the day,” said Oyu  .

Knut  found itself  in a nasty tussle with government  over agitation of  the implementation  of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) agreed  over a decade ago.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) reacted by freezing members’ contribution to the union in a tussle that hit the peak.

The union lost membership, as members escaped intimidation and loss of pacs which came with promotions.

On Saturday, Knut officials drawn from Nyanza gathered at Information  Communication Technology and Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo’s native home in Rarieda to deliberate on how they can become proponents of the government development  agenda.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo addressing Knut officials from Nyanza at his Rarieda home

Owalo said given their position in the society, teachers will play a crucial role is changing the community mindset when working with the government.

What is given to counties is peanuts. We need to align ourselves with the government of the day to ensure in wider planning of the sharing the national cake we are part of the plan

Eliud Owalo

“Please help us pass the government development agenda to the people  of Nyanza,” pleaded Owalo.

He added: “We want a conducive environment that will see development  projects realised in the region.”

“We cannot continue  demonstrating and perpetuating the anti government agenda.”

Owalo said elections were over and the region must not be lied to that county governments have enough resources to self sustain.

“What is given to counties is peanuts. We need to align ourselves with the government of the day to ensure in wider planning of the sharing the national cake we are part of the plan,” he said.

Owalo later met farmers drawn from sugar, cotton and fish sectors on Sunday as  he seeks to find a convergent point of value addition on farm products from the region.

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