Atwoli asks teachers to obey court order
28 September 2015, 08:07
Nairobi - Cotu Secretary General, Francis Atwoli has asked teachers not to defy a recent court ruling that suspended their strike by 90 days, noting it was a fair ruling.
“I beg teachers not to do what the President did by defying court orders. Can’t pay, won’t pay. That was a court order. Pay teachers and then come and do any other thing with us,” he said.
He said the President is courting danger.
Over 15 MPs, led by Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi, said that there are many ways the government can use to raise money to pay teachers.
“As MPs resume their sittings on Tuesday, we only have one mandate which is negotiating on where we will get the money to pay teachers. There are many avenues where this money can be found,” said Agoi.
He added, “We are going to trim all the international trips that government officials are making in favour of paying teachers. The trips are a now non-issue.”
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Atwoli said he told State House’s staffing Officer, Joseph Kinyua to tell the President he has too many problems to be enjoying traveling to America.
“It means you are not a serious person. Solve your problems first before going away. Some of us are willing to give free advice. When it comes to matters of money, he needs people to help him. He should not be alone,” said Atwoli.
He added that the 14 million children at home are equal to 14 million families suffering.
“I have helped teachers and tried to talk to the government. The teachers have listened to me, but the government is not listening,” he said.
Some of the money the MPs are targeting is the KES 17 billion funds set aside for the purchase of laptops for class one pupils.
Agoi and Atwoli spoke at a funds drive at Vokoli Friends Church in Sabatia constituency Vihiga County.
Emuhaya MP, Wilbur Ottichilo who is a member of the education committee in Parliament, said that they are ready to pay teachers by whichever means.
“On Tuesday, the only business of the house is going to be teachers’ pay,” said Ottichilo.
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