KNUT DELINKS ITSELF FROM PETITION SEEKING TO BLOCK THE REAPPOINTMENT OF TSC CEO DR. NANCY MACHARIA; LATEST TSC NEWS
The Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT has refuted claims linking the union to the opposition of the reappointment of Dr. Nancy Macharia as the Teachers Service Commission, TSC Chief Executive Officer, CEO for another five-year term.
KNUT, whose wings have been clipped by the CEO seems to have developed cold feet and does not want to be on the wrong side especially on matters TSC.
Yesterday, fresh details emerged indicating that the TSC has renewed Dr. Nancy Macharia’s term as CEO for another five years. Following her reappointment, a lobby group going by the name Midrift filed a petition before a Nakuru-based Judge to block it arguing that the required legal procedures were not adhered to.
Given the bad blood that exists between the union and the Commission, there emerged speculations that KNUT could be backstabbing the CEO by using the lobby group to hit back at her. However, the union through a letter delinked itself from the claims saying that the allegations are unfounded and should be treated with utmost contempt that they deserve.
According to KNUT Secretary Wilson Sossion, the union is not aware of any petition filed to block Dr. Nancy Macharia’s reappointment as CEO.
“The union would like to take the earliest opportunity to refute claims that it has filed a petition in court opposing the reappointment of Dr. Macharia to serve the Commission for another term. The union would wish to point out that the industrial relation with the commission that guarantees and facilitates structured and constructive dialogue for the purpose of maintaining industrial peace in the teaching service. Hence the union will not entertain busybodies that would derail the warm relationship between KNUT and TSC,” reads the letter in part.
NANCY MACHARIA’S TERM RENEWED FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS
Meanwhile, the Commission has renewed Dr. Macharia’s term amid protests from the Law Society of Kenya, LSK, and Midrift Human Rights Network.
On June 29, 2020, the LSK president Nelson Havi wrote to the Attorney General questioning the process through which Dr. Nancy Macharia was reappointed. Mr. Havi wanted the AG to give advice on the matter given that the CEO was not reappointed through a competitive recruitment process as required by the law and TSC ACT.
On July 3, 2020, the Midrift Human Rights Network backed up the LSK by filing a petition before the Nakuru High Court Judge Monica Mbaru seeking to declare Macharia’s reappointment null and void. The lobby group argues that the position ought to be filled through a competitive recruitment process.