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KUPPET official arrested for harassing teachers

09 January 2015, 09:34 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Bungoma County Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) executive secretary, Augustine Luketelo has been arrested by police officers in Webuye for harassing teachers who were found teaching.

Luketelo was arrested following claims that the union officials had harassed and threatened teachers who were found teaching at Namawanga, Lugulu and St.Cecilia Misikhu girls during the ongoing strike.

Bungoma County Commissioner, Mohamed Maalim confirmed the arrest after he led the County security and intelligence committee in visiting the three affected schools and warned the union officials against interfering with teachers carrying on with their duties.

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“Why did the union officials target the girls' schools and interrupt the teaching sessions? The girls we talked to were scared stiff after the officials ambushed them at night,” said Maalim.

Luketelo was arrested as the newly acquired County KUPPET bus impounded after the two teachers alleged to have been threatened and harassed at St.Cecilia  Misikhu girls school reported the matter to the police.

“We don’t want the union officials to interfere with learning in our institutions. Let teachers who are willing to teach go on as others demand for the salary increment. The unionists that will be found threatening and harassing teachers who are not in solidarity with them will be arrested and be prosecuted,” he said.

Luketelo called News24 minutes after the Commissioner addressed the press and confirmed that he had been arrested and taken to the station for interrogation.

The teachers strike has been ongoing since the schools reopened for the first term of this year over salary disputes.

By the time of going to press, Lutelo was being held at Webuye police station for interrogation before he could be arraigned in court.

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