Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino on Wednesday 16 September 2020 halted his plan to lead nationwide Board of Management (BOM) teachers’ demonstrations after the government kept their end of the deal.
The vocal and controversial first-time MP confirmed that teachers working for different school management boards had started receiving their Ksh 10,000 monthly payment.
The former University of Nairobi students’ leader further warned the government to act with speed next time as he regretted that the demonstrations were not going to take place.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate BoM Teachers for receiving money and warn the government to act with speed next time and pay teachers on time. My regret is that the demonstrations will not take place tomorrow as planned,” he tweeted.
Babu Owino’s confirmation comes a few days after he warned Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha that he would lead a demonstration if the BOM teachers were not going to be paid
“The CS Education George Magoha MUST pay the BOM Teacher ASAP. The Government has screwed up teachers and this is causing Consternation and pandemonium among them. Failure to pay will lead to an action which is better imagined than experienced,” read his statement.
Babu Owino had instructed that the demonstrations would take place on Thursday from 6 am to 11 pm and all BOM teachers were to attend. He threatened that all roads in the country will be blocked.
He challenged the police to show up carrying enough teargas as teargas pills would be provided.
On September 11, Babu Owino in a press conference explained how education is a powerful and equalizing tool that can be used to change the world. He wondered why the BOM teachers had not been paid yet President Uhuru Kenyatta had already agreed they get their dues.
On September 4, Magoha was put on the spot after announcing that BOM teachers had received their pay as promised. However, BOM teachers came out to deny receiving the money.