4 April 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Condoles With Knut Secretary General's Family

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family of Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General David Okuta Osiany who passed away on Tuesday.

The President-elect said with the death of Okuta , the country has lost a dedicated trade unionist who stood firm for the rights and welfare of teachers countrywide.

"It is with deep sorrow and regret that I send this message of condolence and encouragement to the entire teaching fraternity following the sad demise of Knut Secretary General David Okuta Osiany," the President-elect said.

Uhuru described the late KNUT secretary general as a sociable, humble, generous and hard working gentleman. The President-elect said although Okuta is gone, his contribution to the country's education sector will live on.

Okuto died on Tuesday evening shortly after being discharged from the Agha Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. Speaking to journalists outside Lee's Funeral Home yesterday, his eldest son Edwin Okuta said his father had been admitted at the hospital for three days and was recovering. He said the death took the family by surprise.

KNUT has said it has suspended all its activities until the deceased Secretary General David Okuta is buried. Knut officials have said the union it will continue to fight for teachers rights as Okuta did and has asked all teachers to pray for his family.

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