Teachers tell Cord leaders to maintain dialogue stance
14 July 2014, 16:58
Busia - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Teso Branch, has urged Cord leaders to forget referendum plans and instead embrace dialogue with the Jubilee government as initially planned.
The branch's Executive Secretary Deogratius Owaya said teachers hold dialogue with national and county governments, churches and other stakeholders to settle contentious issues.
Owaya was speaking on Saturday during the burial of Sylvester Omukubwa in Katanyu, Teso North, where he said teachers have engaged the government in many talks which are yielding fruits.
“Teachers were represented in the recent school fees task force and many issues were discussed. Attempts by Sarah Serem led team to reduce our salaries were thwarted through dialogue,” Owaya said.
“I see nothing funny about dialogue. If your spouse asks for dialogue and you refuse there is something wrong with you since there is a lot to harvest in dialogue," Owaya added.
Owaya hit out at those planing to introduce contraceptives in schools warning that they should do it at their own risk.
On his side, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said dialogue should not be left to parliament since Jubilee has numerical advantage and they will ensure it is defeated.
CORD’s initial plan is to obtain One million signatures from across the country before forcing for a referendum.
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