KNUT: Officials unshaken by financial turbulence

KNUT’s deputy national treasurer James Muugo addresses journalists while overseeing Trans Nzoia branch elections on January 30, 2021. Photo/Aspect News

The Kenya National Union of teachers (KNUT ) has laughed off claims that the trade union is headed for a collapse following a move by a huge number of members to bolt out due to intimidation by the teachers service commission.

The union’s deputy national treasurer James Muugo said the union is still committed to advancing the interests of teachers across the country despite the trick by TSC to segregate its members with regards to promotions.

“The trade union is still strong because we do not exist for money but for the ideals relating to the welfare of teachers,” Mr. Muugo spoke on the sidelines while overseeing the branch Trans Nzoia KNUT election held in Kitale.

He commended members who have stood ground by advancing the goals of the trade union to an extent that they have instructed their banks to remit their monthly contributions to promote the group’s activities.

“We call on TSC not to subject our elected officials to transfers since hampers their service delivery to teachers within a locality that they represent. TSC should not treat us as enemies since it is our brainchild,” said the official.

Mr. Muugo also called on the ministry of education to provide teachers with Personal protective Equipment (PPEs) saying they are at a higher risk of contracting the Covid 19 disease owing to their high exposure.

“We also want teachers to be provided with a risk allowance since they have put their health at a risk while coming to contact with learners with most schools having a huge population that undermines social distancing,” he said.

During the elections George Simiyu Wanjala was elected the branch executive secretary, Wilberforce Wamalwa was elected the chairman, Andrew Wanjala was elected Vice chairman, and Philis Maina elected as treasurer.