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Delegates cast their votes during Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) elections held alongside the 61st Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) held at the Bomas of Kenya on December 14, 2018. The ADC was attended by teachers from all the country. Picture by Francis Nderitu

KNUT to Hold Its Elections Despite Covid-19 Restrictions

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By Allan Otieno

Kenya National Union of Teachers now says it is still considering organising its elections before 30th June as directed by the government despite the Covid-19  Surge in the country.

In an exclusive interview with Ghetto Radio News KNUT Acting National Chairman Collins Oyuu says the union will soon meet the National Executive Council and sanction the same.

‘‘Teachers should be worried we shall have an election before 30th June deadline, we shall soon meet our National Executive Council so that we can agree on the dates,’’ Oyuu said.

He says the exercise was halted a bit amid Covid-19 surge and restriction measures that were imposed by the government.

Fierce battle is between Oyuu and embattled Secretary General Wilson Sossion whose term is coming to an end.

‘‘I want to tell teachers that I shall be on the ballot not to fight anyone but to bring lost glory to this giant union that has now become a laughing stock,’’ he stated.

‘‘My first task is to ensure that Teachers Service Commission reinstates our original register with all our members. We must to have industrial harmony with our employer we cannot fight all the time but as I always said, it is not about Oyuu but all of us,’’ he added.

Oyuu, Sossion and Stanley Mutai will now square it out at the ballot.

Mutai managed to capture the Kericho branch post garnering 312 votes to beat Sossion’s preferred candidate Anne Chepkoech, who garnered 294 votes in the hotly contested elections.

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