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Teachers to field a presidential candidate in 2017 elections

10 February 2016, 20:57

Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is planning to field a Presidential candidate in the 2017 general elections.

It is suspected that the teachers will be taking over the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK) with the aim of challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta following a longstanding spat with the government over teachers pay rise.

This revelation was made by the Trans-Nzoia Knut executive secretary George Makhino, The Star reports.

Makhino, who also revealed that they will nominate their boss Wilson Sossion as the party flag-bearer, expressed optimism that they will clinch the Presidency.

Last year, teachers had pledged to kick Jubilee out of office in the coming election after failing to honour a court order awarding them a pay rise.

They also faulted the government for condoning corruption in ministries, with Standard quoting Sossion as saying that teachers will vote as a bloc to remove Uhuru from office.

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