14 January 2013

Kenya: Kitui Teachers Endorse Kiema's Governor Bid

About 300 headteachers in Kitui at the weekend endorsed Mutitu MP Kiema Kilonzo's quest for Kitui governor.

Speaking during a meeting at Kitui hotel at the weekend, Knut Kitui chairman David Munyao said they will support Kiema for championing teachers' interests.

Munyao cited the recent motion Kiema introduced in parliament that saw the government agree to set aside funds to pay contentious allowances that teachers have been pressing for since their gazettement in 1997.

He said teachers were also impressed by the MPs general performance saying Kiema's active participation in parliament had kept government in check ensuring it implemented policies that are helpful to Kenyans.

He said the entire Knut team will lead the Kitui teaching fraternity in mounting a vigorous pro-Kiema campaign to ensue he clinches the governor seat.

Kitui Central Knut executive secretary Joseph Makuthu said teachers in Kitui will support leaders who have addressed teacher's needs. "Aspiring leaders who do not have the interest of teacher at heart should forget our vote," he said. In response, Kiema said if elected he will ensure a teacher is appointed to drive the county's educational agenda.

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