KUPPET co- founders in court over unpaid benefits
13 February 2014, 15:51
Nairobi - Four retired teachers have threatened to sue the Kenya Union
of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) over more than KES 5.8M unpaid
In a notice given to KUPPET, Mr John Walter Otieno, Mr
Joseph Lwannia, Mr Christopher Mandu, and Mr Joseph Wabushi claim the amount
remains unpaid due to impunity of the Union’s administration.
The four who claim to be key core founders of KUPPET allege
that the current crop of leaders at the union have been adamant to hear or
settle the retirement debt.
“We have made up our mind to take up legal action for the
recovery of Sh 211,680,000 , it is for public benefit to speak on the role we
played in establishing KUPPET and now we have been sidelined and completely
forgotten,” said the four in a statement.
Mr Otieno, Mr Lwannia, Mr Mandu, and Mr Wabushi claim they
served as KUPPET officials form 1998 -1999.
Upon the end of their term in office, they were to be paid
at a later date when the collection of union dues from members through a check
off system by the Teachers’ Service Commission TSC would begin going to KUPPET.
According to the plaintiffs, in a resolution supported by
the governing council, it was agreed that the renumenarations and allowances
for the interim officials be put on hold and be paid when finances are
available in the course of their retirement.
They allege that their monthly salary was KES 30,000 which
adds up to KES 2,880,000 for the two years plus a refundable civil debt of KES 3,000,000 totaling to KES 5,880,000.
They are demanding for compensation for the last 15 years of
being in retirement.
They further allege that KUPPET administration has failed,
refused and neglected to give attention to settle their demands contrary to the
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