Uhuru, Ruto hypocrites, Raila says
19 September 2015, 08:57
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga says that the country's leadership is hypocritical for not agreeing to a court order to pay teachers.
Raila says that the fact that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have failed to adhere to the Supreme Court ruling which handed teachers a 50/60% pay-rise was hypocritical of themselves, seeing as they were handed power by the same court and asked others to respect the decision.
" It is highly hypocritical of them to refuse to adhere to the court order, yet they themselves came into power after being granted orders by the same court," he said in a press statement.
He called on teachers protesting the lack of pay to continue on strike until the issue is addressed.
" Listen. Teachers are owed legitimately. The government should not fight it and instead look for ways of coming up with the payment," he added.
The teachers strike has hit three weeks in a row and has now forced the government to close schools until the issue is resolved.
The government says that by paying teachers the KES 17 billion they need, the public wage bill will be unsustainable.
Raila argues though that at some point, the issue would have to be taken into consideration.
" This back and forth has been going on for years now. The time has come for teachers to be paid and we will agree with nothing less," he added.
Teachers unions have rebuffed sack threats as well as moves not to pay them as they sit tight for an assault on the government over their pay.
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