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We teachers are being eaten by our attackers; save us – Matiang’i’s brother pleads with Uhuru to end TSC, KNUT tussle

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s brother John Matiang’i has pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to help end the fight between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).

John who serves as the National Treasurer at KNUTsaid that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) was out to frustrate KNUT which has forced teachers to quit the union.

John gave an example saying that KNUT is a lamb without its shepherd and it has now become prey to its attackers which is TSC.

He added that the determination of teachers to do their job had gone low due to the threats thrown at them by the TSC.

“We are asking and pleading with President Uhuru Kenyatta, our head of state and father to save us from this plight,” he stated.

With the ongoing fight between the two bodies, TSC has been affected by the mass exit of teachers. The fight between the TSC and KNUT circulates between salaries, promotions, and Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA).

This has also seen the union’s income slash from Ksh. 144 million to 15 million.

On Sunday 10 January 20221, KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion threatened to call on all teachers not to support the government’s projects including the Building Bridges Initiative if it did not call upon TSC to stop harassing his union.

He went on to argue that people should not expect teachers to perform well while they are being intimidated.

He added that teachers do not even understand the Competency-Based-Curriculum (CBC), hence are not delivering as it should be.

On Sunday 10, Orange Democratic Movement leader (ODM) Raila Odinga urged the government to come in and end the fight between the two parties.

He stated that the TSC was out to kill KNUT, a union long seen as the face of organized Labour in Kenya and a symbol of the country’s commitment to the International Labour Organization Convention 98 on the right to organize and collective bargaining.

He also pleaded with the TSC and KNUT to also go back to the negotiating table so that they can come to a common ground. He argued that the tussle between the two sides does not benefit anyone.

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