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Sunday, 14 September 2014

KNUT MEN IN PITCHED LOBBY FOR COVETED SEAT



Three candidates who are competing for the post of the Knut national assistant treasurer come  December have told members to support them based on what they have done to make their respective branches vibrant and their general national networking.

Gucha branch executive secretary Sam Nyairo said he has helped to increase the membership from 1,500 to 3,000 and the purchase of a bus, a venture of which the branch is enjoying and efficient coordination between the Teachers Service Commission and the ministry of Education.

Nyairo said there was no haphazard transfers and arrest of teachers unlike the case before owing to the cordial relations between the four district education officers at Gucha, Kenyenya,  Nyamache and Sameta and all MPs and members of the Kisii county assembly from the area.

But his Borabu counterpart John Matiang’i says his Borabu branch is the first to establish a website where they have gone a notch higher to take IT to schools in the area where teachers and students have benefited.

Matiang’i maintains that he has a national outlook compared to his two brothers competing with him in the race and will ensure that the union becomes more vibrant if elected to the seat.
But NEC member Geoffrey Mogire, who is a long-serving member and served as the larger Kisii Knut branch chairman, avers that he has done enough ground work and was posed to win the seat.

Mogire says that during his tenure as the Kisii branch chairman, he helped to improve the membership of teachers joining the union which later gave creation to Gucha, Kisii South and Gucha South branches with the Kisii branch still remaining strong base for the teaching profession in the area.

Nyairo had earlier served as chairman of the Nairobi Mwalimu Savings Credit Society for 10 years where he was representing the larger Gusii region before he joined Knut to serve as a BEC member and later, as assistant branch executive secretary from where he rose to his present position.

Knut headquarters hinted that Nyairo is likely to get the blessings of the executive. At least 80 out of the 110 branches throughout the country will support Nyairo if things will not change from where they are, a source intimidated.