Teachers Ditch Kuppet, form a new union, KUTT; Latest Teachers’ News
Teachers affiliated to the KUPPET Kakamegacounty branch have vowed to ditch the union and instead form a new one.
This move was triggered by alleged electoral malpractice during the 2021 Kakamega branch KUPPET elections.
The disgruntled teachers led by Mr Andrew Shiroko Shilenji have challenged the election results held by KUPPET in Malava Secondary school alleging that the poll was marred with fraud and bribery.
“I realized there was an election yesterday which was a fraud for me. I was contesting to become the Secretary Tertiary and those fellows just did a fraud.” Andrew said.
“KUPPET elections that took place at Malava Boys were just shambolic and fraudulent.” Another clearly frustrated and disillusioned teacher said.
In the elections held at Malava Boys High School, a large number of teachers turned up to cast their votes with incumbent leaders retaining their seats.
“They don’t have even an office. When our members are bereaved they give them only ten thousand shillings. We don’t want to continue with this fraud, these fellows are fraudsters, their accounts have never been audited for the last 15 years.”
“We are at pain because they are giving us no service and they are getting our money. So teachers are very much bitter with the current office that has taken office and we are saying no.” the team said.
The new outfit has threatened to write to TSC to cease the monthly contributions to KUPPET promising to carry on with scouting and registering new members across the country.
“You can realize that KUPPET- Kakamega County has nothing to smile about. So in short we want to support this new union (KUTT) which is going at least to have the teachers interests at heart and help the teachers of Kakamega County now.” One teacher in the group said.
“Those teachers who have been accepted, who are with us, we are going to form a new union and we are going to instruct Teachers Service Commission and Public Service Commission to stop detecting any money from our payslips.” Said Shiroko