Busia teachers threaten to hold demo if insecurity issue is not addressed
Written by Frankline Bwire
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The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Busia branch has threatened to mobilize teachers in Busia County to demonstrate against the escalating insecurity cases.
The branch executive secretary of the union Mark Oseno said it was unfortunate that the County was losing teachers following gang attacks, at a time when the government is still reluctant to hire more to address the growing demand for knowledge.
“We have marauding gangs of people who are moving around with guns and crude weapons at night a move that has left the area residents tensed,” he said, adding that four teachers have lost their lives in the last four months.
Oseno warned that as leaders in the County they were going to organize a three day demonstration against the police force over the security situation if they fail to execute their duties as stipulated by the law.
“We would wish that the police machinery and other relevant sectors move in a matter of urgency to curb the insecurity threat in the area in a bid to ensure citizens are protected from gangs,” said the executive secretary, addressing journalists in Busia town.
He appealed to the Busia OCPD Kenneth Kimani to come out publicly and assure the residents over what he is doing to curb the menace.
His remarks come some few days after the PS in the ministry of Special program Andrew Mondoh lamented that the increased security cases will discourage investors from bringing development in the County.
He called on the area residents to embrace a close working relationship with the relevant officers charged with the responsibility of maintaining security through providing vital information required.
Opening of schools
Oseno however, urged the District Education Officers in various districts of Busia County particularly those who were obsessed with powers to work within the requirement of the constitution and the teachers’ code of regulation as schools have opened.
“Strictly we shall be out to ensure they undertake their duties as expected off them,” he said, welcoming the posting of the County directors in all Counties.