KNUT Rift Valley official hits out at TSC

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West Pokot KNUT secretary Martin Sembelo (second left)
West Pokot KNUT secretary Martin Sembelo (second left)

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)  has castigated the Teachers Service commission (TSC) for having a scheme to frustrate its members and bring the union to its knees.

The Union Rift Valley representative Martin Sembelo faulted TSC CEO Nancy Macharia for fronting impunity and being arrogant. KNUT and TSC have been embroiled in lots of tussles, with the Union lately calling out the employer for denying its members pay rises and promotions. KNUT has also accused TSC of running two payrolls, claims which were denied by Macharia.

Speaking to the press in Kapenguria, Sembelo said TSC is out to silence the voice of the teachers and pointed out it’s wrong for the employer to set out different payrolls. He said KNUT teachers are suffering, given the meagre salaries they earn, “Teachers are caught in a quagmire, we’ve remained grounded for one and half years.”

He called on KNUT members to stay put amidst the tussle with TSC, “They should not quit. This is a worthless and unnecessary war.”

However, he called on the Teachers Service Commission to embrace dialogue with KNUT and iron out their issues. On its part, the Parliamentary Education Committee urged KNUT and TSC to withdraw legal suits against each other and solve their disputes amicably.