The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary general Collins Oyuu has thrown his weight and that of his members to the Azimio side.
Oyuu says Knut will always work with the government of the day and that President Uhuru Kenyatta has given them direction to follow.
He says he’ll rally teachers to support Raila Odinga become the president in August elections.
” Kenya National Union of Teachers will forever work with the government of the day, it is open and so glaring the president of the republic of Kenya is none other than Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.
So I don’t have otherwise I have to tow the line as requested by my team, the national executive council (NEC), that we must work with the government of the day so that we can succeed,” said Oyuu while flanged with NEC members.
Oyuu says they will get nothing by working to oppose the government. He says teachers must be in government.
“We as Kenya National Union of Teachers and me as the spokesperson we are in Azimio,” added Oyuu.
He said all Knut members should support Raila Odinga in the upcoming elections.
“If the government of the day has endorsed Raila as the fifth president who am I to take a different direction am telling you we are in Azimio,” he said.
Oyuu’s endorsement for Raila contradicts his February remarks where he said Knut will be neutral and not support any candidate publicly.
“Knut will not coerce teachers to support particular candidates as the country gears towards the August General Election.” Oyuu had said.
The Knut boss also appealed to delocalised teachers, especially those in areas prone to political violence, banditry and terror attacks to stay put and continue dispensing their duties, noting that the government has taken the necessary security steps to guarantee their safety.
He cautioned teachers working in areas facing instability against leaving without getting official transfer letters from the TSC, as that would be tantamount to desertion.
“I want to say that the affected teachers should just remain humble and set their foot in those places because it is the mandate of TSC to transfer them. It is also within our mandate as Knut to talk about transfers that teachers have actually received,” he counseled.
“If the transfer is deemed punitive, TSC and Knut shall address the matter,” he said.