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KNUT condemns Jubilee MPs

28 June 2013, 18:03 Wanguii Joseph

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Nyeri branch Executive Secretary Mutahi Kahiga has said Thursday was a golden opportunity for MPs to address teachers’ issues but Jubilee side snubbed it due to their high numbers in the house.

He condemned the move lamenting that during campaigns teachers hugely supported President Uhuru and his team but they have now turned against them by giving them an unfair treatment.

He said the bid by Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo to allocate teachers the funds set aside for laptops was laudable and that the MP had articulated his concerns towards the poor people in the country.

While addressing teachers outside their main office in Nyeri town as their strike entered the fourth day, Kahiga said they are committed to fighting for their rights.

“We better die on our feet than live on our knees,” said the senior teacher.

Kahiga claimed that Midiwo’s bid was shunned out and rejected on political basis.

“There is little and enough for everybody in this country but it is shared among few people who are self interested leaving others miserable,” he lamented.

He urged the more than 300 teachers to continue holding strong vowing that ‘the harder the government pushes us the stronger we become’.

He opined that each Ministry should release KES 1 Billion and the office of the President release KES 7 Billion to meet their KES 25 Billion allowance demand.

The secretary however said Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and other senior education officers in the counties are intimidating teachers to pick up their tools.

He reiterated that they will not be intimidated but will hold on until they achieve their demands from the government.

Kahiga disclosed that TSC is withholding their June salaries pointing that they should be paid their dues for the 25 days they have worked.

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