Kuppet Vihiga branch elects new officials
30 September 2013, 11:35
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers Education (Kuppet) Vihiga Branch has elected new officials.
Fred Mayavi faced stiff competition from the former Chairperson of the union, Nebert Isambe, but claimed the Executive Secretary’s post.
Wilson Okutoyi of Chango Secondary School is now the new chairperson. Other members who were elected included Hardley Kagovi (Treasurer), Emmanuel Sabala (Vice Chair) and Violet Makungu (Secretary Gender).
The elections came after the appointment of former Executive Secretary, Nixon Amendi, as the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Gender, Culture, Youth and Sports in the governor’s office. Consequently, some members also resigned and contested for higher positions in the union.
Upon his election, Okutoyi promised to revamp the union in the region and work towards changing the perception of the people towards teachers as he fights for their rights.
“Teachers in the region will never remain the same as we are going to work on new mechanisms which will improve the union,” Okutoyi said.
National Chairperson, Omboko Milemba, and the Secretary General, Akello Misori, graced the occasion.
Misori said that the union is still a force to reckon in the region considering the huge turnout of teachers during the elections.
“We are very much impressed by the high turnout of teachers. This shows that Kuppet is strong as ever and will continue to fight for the welfare of the teachers,” he said.
He revealed that they still had some issues which they will be sorting out with the industrial court as they work on improving the teachers’ basic pay.
“Teachers are not yet well remunerated as we would want as a union. That is why we are going to continue fighting so that we can have well remunerated professionals,” he said.
Milemba said that the rumours that were spreading a few months ago that teachers were ditching Kuppet for their rival union Knut, was propaganda that could no longer hold water.
He further revealed that there has been migration to their union in huge numbers as teachers have realised that they are the only union that can fight for them.
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