Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago blamed the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) disputes on ODM chief Raila Odinga.
Mandago was speaking to county officials on Thursday, January 14, 2021, when he pointed out that KNUT’s downfall was the result of Secretary General Wilson Sossion’s introduction to politics.
Mandago claimed he warned Sossion not to join politics and drag union affairs, but he ignored his advice.
Jackson Mandago, Governor of Uasin Gishu
The governor called on Raila for blaming the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) for the current challenges KNUT faces.
The ODM chief wrote to the TSC on January 7, expressing his concerns over the frustrations the teachers’ union was facing and his impending death. He had warned that TBEN would pay a heavy price if KNUT collapsed and died.
“I want to tell Raila Odinga, that he and ODM killed KNUT. They were the ones who appointed Sossion to parliament. He won two salaries, from KNUT and Parliament, now the union is dying,” said Mandago.
In his speech, Mandago urged teachers and doctors to moderate their demands on the government, citing him as a key contributor to KNUT’s downfall.
“The Kenya National Union of Teachers was a giant. It was the union of our time. But I warned Sossion that he would collapse if they kept making demands on the government and didn’t want to compromise anything. If the government makes you an offer, don’t be rigid, at least negotiate. Now KNUT is dying, ”Mandago said.
“Don’t let unions lie to you. Unions are good, I’m not saying you should get rid of unions in this country. Workers have rights, but we as employers also want to deal with complaints and rights. legitimate, not exaggerated reports for a raise, ”he added.
Mandago’s feelings come after Raila attacked the TSC for frustrating KNUT at a time when schools reopened and consequently affected the school calendar.
The ODM chief accused TSC of failing to meet its obligations to implement the 2017-2021 Comprehensive Negotiating Agreement (CBA), as demanded by KNUT and sanctioned by courts and Parliament.
“There is also no indication that TSC intends to pay the dues that have been denied to KNUT members. There is also no indication that TSC will restore the KNUT membership register to its June 2019 status. TSC did not show any indication of the Gazette agency fees for KNUT in conjunction with the Ministry of Labor ”, a Raila points out.
“This deadlock does not benefit anyone in the long chain of actors in education. It does not benefit teachers, TSC, students or even parents. In the long run, the absence of a strong and credible teachers’ union will cost the country dearly, making the current efforts against KNUT deeply myopic, ”he added.
The former prime minister urged the KNUT and TSC to return to the negotiating table, review court rulings and parliament resolutions, and embark on another good faith trip that benefits both sides.
ODM leader Raila Odinga and MP named Wilson Sossion at a party in Bomet on Saturday, September 19.