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Return home to solve teachers' crisis, President Kenyatta told

08 September 2015, 08:12 Jane Zack

Busia - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Busia and Teso branches on Monday told President Uhuru Kenyatta to cut short his trip to Italy to come and address the plight of teachers.

They said that the TSC chair, Lydia Nzomo and CEO Nancy Macharia should be arrested and charged for not following the court ruling that granted teachers pay rise.

"Where is our President Uhuru Kenyatta? We know Kenyans voted for you and the Supreme Court ruled in your favor when CORD coalition challenged your results and validity in office.

You should come back home and address our plight and that of the people of Kenya," the teachers said in solidarity.

The over 20 teachers who were addressing journalists at the KNUT headquarters in Busia town added that the teachers' strike should now be declared a national disaster.

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Led by Busia KNUT Secretary General Mark Oseno, they reiterated that President Uhuru should warn TSC against threatening the teachers and save the situation once and for all.

"Our President, tell the Teachers Service Commission that teachers are not sycophants. Sack TSC chair Lydia Nzomo for reducing the commission to a heckler; we dare her to sack us as soon as yesterday," Oseno charged.

They later marched to the TSC County Director, Beatrice Lukhalo's office to demand for their sack letter as directed by Nzomo where they were joined by County Executive Committee member in charge of Education, Azida Ali.

The teachers carried placards, with messages such as: "Teachers create professionals Pesa Pap!," "Nzomo!!! You are not the face of the teachers," "No 50-60 per cent increment no class and TSC must respect the court system."

Speaking at the County Government offices where CEC for Education Azida Ali led them, Knut chairman Nyumba Musundi said that teachers are slaves number one in the country.

"Why is the government treating us like second rate citizens?" Musundi questioned.

Azida said teachers should be paid their dues as ruled by the Supreme Court.

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