Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) leaders appeared before the Industrial Court Monday (July 15th) to face fresh contempt of court charges for their failure to call off a teachers' strike, now in its fourth week, Kenya's Capital FM reported.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) sought the arrest of KNUT Chairman Wilson Sossion and acting Secretary General Mudzo Nzili, demanding they be jailed for six months for defiance of a court order setting July 2nd as the deadline for ending the strike. The TSC also wants KNUT to be fined 20 million shillings ($230,000) and its building and all assets to be auctioned.
KNUT lawyer Chacha Odera has tried to prove that due process was not followed in serving the court order to the union and that its officials should not be cited for contempt of court.
KNUT has rejected a government settlement offer of 17 billion shillings ($196 million) and refused to hold an executive vote on ending the strike until they receive a better offer.