Thursday, Septermber 20, Kitui. By Our ReporterKenya Union of Teachers Kitui branch members are demanding a fresh election for officials to be conducted.
The teachers have expressed deep regrets for what they termed as the biggest mistake they ever did: electing Simon Nding’o as their secretary general, claiming that even retired teachers have never got their dues since 2017.
In an exclusive interview with the Kitui Newspaper ,several teachers have expressed dissatisfaction with the leadership of Mr. Ndingo terming him as arrogant and irresponsible.
“Right now our union bus does not an official driver,the reason being that he was informally dismissed for no apparent reasons,” Claimed the teachers.
They said that they have afeeling that they are risking being driven to events by strangers while the union has a permanently employed driver, to the best of their knowledge.
When Kitui Newspaper conducted the driver, Mr. Mwangangi Kithae, he confirmed that he has been on job suspension since 2017 and that no formal communication has been done so far. Mr. Kithae disclosed that he is living a miserable life, adding that his secondary school-going child has been at home due to lack of school fees for months.
Investigations have revealed that before Mr. Kithae was suspended, he had been delegated the duty of washing toilets in a bid to intimidate him into leaving his job, and lacking any alternative means of income, had quietly continued carrying out the new duty, a move which did not please Mr. Ndingo much.
Inside sources have revealed that the KNUT boss suspected the driver was disclosing how the office was being mishandled and that could be the reason as to why his job was affected, probably to cover the mess being done in the KNUT office.
Now Mr. Kithae wants top officials in the union to intervene and help him get his salary for three months and reinstate his job.
Another retired teacher claimed that when the union bus is hired out, they don’t get the money, neither is it accounted for.
“This man has never been in office and we are heading in a mess,” lamented one teacher, asserting that the Secretary General does not attend any teachers’ forums.
“This man is using our money to do his own business and we are thinking of the rightful measures to take,” lamented another.
Efforts to get a comment from the secretary general went futile as he was not answering calls and through a text message promised to call which never did.