The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Teachers Say No to Knut's Endorsement of Rutto Bid

More teachers from Bomet have distance themselves from Knut national chairman Wilson Sossion's endorsement of Chepalungu MP Isaac Rutto for the post of governor in Bomet.

In a statement to the press yesterday, the more than 100 the secondary and primary school teachers said the union did not consult them and therefore the endorsement should be treated as personal and not the view of all teachers in the county.

The teachers said Knut is a tool to fight for the welfare of teachers and not to dictate to teachers who they should elect for which position.

At least 100 secondary and primary school teachers said the union did not consult them and therefore the endorsement should be treated as personal and not the view of all teachers in the County.

They said the teachers union was only a tool to fight for the welfare of teachers and not to dictate teachers who to elect and not for particular political positions in the county.

In a statement to the press the teachers faulted the national chairman for engaging in in what they termed 'cheap political games' at the expense of teachers' welfare.

Led by Konoin Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association(KEPSHA) secretary Godfrey Rono, they accused KNUT of suffocating their democratic rights in the name of trailing teachers to speak in one voice.

"It is very unfortunate that our union chairman he gone out of his way and engage in political deals rather than dealing with grave matters affecting Kenyan teachers," said Mr Rono

The teachers also asked Sossion to withdraw the endorsement an leave teachers at their own to decide who to vote for during the forth coming general election.

In a quick rejoinder, KNUT Bomet branch officials said it is their right to speak for teachers because, "teachers elected us to speak on their behalf and make decisions on the way forward.

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