Kenya National Union Of Teachers chairman, Mudzo Nzili is refuting claims that teachers are backing NASA flag bearer, Raila Odinga.
This is after the union’s Secretary General Wilson Sossion said that the labor movement among seven others under the Trade Union Congress of Kenya are endorsing Mr. Odinga’s presidency bid.
Mr. Nzili while addressing journalists in Diani Kwale on Saturday said that Sossion’s sentiments are personal and that each teacher has a right to choose leaders for him or herself.
“National steering committee and national executive council have not declared anything for teachers or support for NASA,” said Nzili.
“Teachers are free to support the candidate of their choice and maintain your neutrality for the benefit of activities of IEBC.”
Nzili said that it is unethical for Mr. Sossion to associate the teachers’ union with NASA when a majority of them are currently working for IEBC.
The KNUT chairman said he personally supports Jubilee and will not force it down anyone’s throat as the Secretary General was doing.
“He has been promised nomination and so let him go. Kenya teachers have the freedom to support any party they want. Those in Jubilee strongholds and those in ODM strongholds can support who they want. We have no marriage with NASA. We have not declared to support Raila,” he said.
Mudzo Nzili added that it has been the norm for the union to work with the ruling government. He reiterated that it will remain so until the next government takes over.
The Trade Union Congress whom Mr. Sossion is also secretary general of represents more than 500,000 members in the public service.
He said workers feel neglected under the Jubilee government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta who has perfected the act of criminalizing workers’ strikes since coming into power in 2013.
That has prompted its decision to align with the opposition.