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Tana teachers refuse to go back to school

03 October 2012, 11:11 Alloys Musyoka

Primary School Teachers in Tarasaa division in Tana Delta district will not resume to their duties until they are assured of their security by the government, according to Tana Delta district head teachers’ association Chairman.

The Chairman, Mr. Guvo Buya said that teachers have resolved not to go to school since there is still fear of insecurity despite presence of heavily armed general Service Unit police.

Addressing journalists after attending teachers meeting at Tarasaa division, Buya noted that many of the primary schools are located in areas which locals fled away to neighboring districts due tribal clashes.

He added that teachers feel insecure to go to the schools in areas where there are no locals although the area is said to be secured by paramilitary officers.

 “We are saying teachers going back to school will be determined by presence of parents and their children and since they flew away to other areas it is not safe for us. The government should bring back those affected families to their hopes before we go back to school,” added Buya

He went further to add that it is in the same area where a teacher was murdered and his body hidden as well as school broken into and properties stolen by unknown people.

Buya also noted that the schools which were broken into had government school food feeding program which was also stolen.

Some of the schools which the teachers’ head chair said teachers will not go back until normalcy is reached are; Semikaro, Nduru, Kibokoni, Shirikisho, Kikomo, Odhole, Andaraku, Riketa, Kau, and Kilelengwani primary school.

But the area counselor Mr. Ben Maneno said the area is been patrolled by security officials assuring locals that security is guaranteed.

He urged internally displaced people camping in neighboring district to go back to their homes.

Maneno noted that the government had assured that those who are ready to go back will be offered free transport.

“Since over 1500 paramilitary officers were deployed here, there is security so those who fled away should make appoint of coming back government will cater for everything,” asserted counselor Maneno.

His sentiments were echoed by Tana Delta district commissioner Mr. David Kiprop who stated tat security was beefed up in all corners of Tana and especially where tribal clashes occurs leading to loss of innocent lives.

“We know there are some schools which were broken into and some properties among them school food feeding program but government is trying to restore peace and order so that locals can go back to their homes,” said Kiprop.

He said government is ready to help locals who fled away to go back to their villages but it can not force them.

However he was quick to say that since security officers were sent in the area there has been no insecurity incident.

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