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KNUT officials escape arrest after storming school to evict students

08 September 2015, 11:59 Jane Zack

Busia - Officials of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Teso Branch on Monday escaped arrest by a whisker after they stormed a national school to evict students who had reported to school contrary to the ongoing teachers' strike.

The Branch Executive Secretary General, Deogratias Owaya said anti-riot police officers from Malaba Police led by OCS Marwa Chacha intercepted their bus outside the gate of Kolanya Girls High School and ordered the arrest of the officials.

Drama unfolded when the teachers who were in the company of their officials said they will not allow them to be arrested and dared the police to nab the entire group.

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"The van was given escort by two police vehicles destined for Malaba Police station. Fearing that the arrest could have sparked off teachers' fury, the police later escorted the van to our union headquarters in Amagoro," Owaya said.

He added that they were cleared after a stormy meeting with the police in Malaba, which lasted about two hours. He admitted that they were acting on information that the students at the school were undertaking revision.

Owaya blamed the police for provoking the teachers prompting them to lose their tempers, adding that the officials had left the school after a cordial meeting with the school principal, Salome Papoi.

However, police warned the teachers that they will not allow the union members to cause chaos in learning institutions.

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