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MP accuses Judiciary of 'planting bad blood' in civil service

10 September 2015, 11:08

Nairobi - A member of parliament has accused the Judiciary of planting ‘bad blood’ within the civil service by siding with teachers in the ongoing pay rise tussle.

Naivasha Member of Parliament, John Kihagi has said that the courts are setting a bad precedence by awarding teachers unattainable and unsustainable pay rises regardless of the country’s economic status.

Speaking Wednesday in Naivasha town, Kihagi said that the court should have considered the economic ability of the nation before directing TSC to effect the teachers pay rise of 50-60%.

Read Also: Nationwide strike in 7 days unless teachers paid, says COTU

“The courts have shown a lot of leniency to the teachers and this is wrong because this is bad blood being planted in the private sector and it will cause mayhem in the civil service; more civil servants will in the future demand the same,” said Kihagi.

Kihagi said that the best the courts would have done is to direct teachers to go back to class and give time to sort out their issues.

“By failing to order teachers back to schools, the courts are being unfair to the millions of poor school going children in Kenya. The courts have become too friendly to the teachers and this has made teachers become thick headed,” he said.

He called on the government to employ thousands of jobless Kenyans who have trained as teachers to replace the striking teachers.

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