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'Kazungu is taking sides to intimidate teachers'

26 June 2013, 18:05 James Kabotia

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and settle their demands before he kicks off his three-week tour to Eastern Europe and Asia.

KNUT is alleging that Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi and his Labour counterpart Kambi Kazungu have been issuing threats to teachers in Kenya following the announcement of their strike on Monday.

Nyeri branch KNUT Executive Secretary Mutahi Kahiga on Tuesday urged Kenyatta to step in and protect them from the threats they allege to have been receiving from the two cabinet secretaries.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to tour some parts of the world yet his house is not in order. When he was Finance Minister, Kenyatta dealt with teachers very well and we believe he is going to listen to our cry this time round,” Kahiga said.

He added, “As teachers, we are telling Hon. Kazungu to keep off since he is a stranger to matters of teachers. He is not an arbitrator but he is taking sides with Hon. Kaimenyi to intimidate our teachers.”

Kahiga was addressing more than 200 teachers outside KNUT offices in Nyeri town before piloting a peaceful demonstration to the streets.

He maintained that teachers will not resume their duties until the government pays them KES 25 Billion for allowances.

The official said that they are demanding 15% house allowance, 20% medical allowance, proper commuter allowance and annual leave allowance.

“We have been in the streets since 1997 and we will not be moved by threats from the government. This is teachers' revolution in this nation and the government should know that God hates unjust measures,” said Kahiga.

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