NASA Presidency: Why 7 Trade Unions Are Backing The Opposition

Seven trade unions including the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union have agreed to put their weight behind NASA Presidency.

Other unions are Kenya National Union of Teachers, Kenya University Staff Union, and Dock Workers Union. University Academic Staff Union and the Kenya National Union of Nurses complete the group.

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The trade unions on Friday endorsed NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga and running mate Kalonzo Musyoka in next Tuesday’s election.

The workers under the Trade Union Congress said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee government has since 2013 failed them.

“Jubilee government has perfected the act of criminalizing every worker in this country. They have taken teachers, doctors, and nurses to court for demanding their rights,” said Wilson Sossion, Trade Union Congress secretary general.

The Union boss said so while speaking at a press conference hosted at Mombasa governor Hassan Joho’s office with other union officials.

Sossion, who is also the Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary general, said NASA has taken care of all workers’ interest in the country.

“Doctors were on strike for 100 days. Jubilee did not care. As we are speaking nurses strike is 61 days.”

“As workers of this country, we cannot continue to suffer under Jubilee. We have the numbers and on Tuesday we will vote for NASA.”

Raila was not present at the meeting but has welcomed the trade unions’ endorsement. He said he is confident of a NASA Presidency and explained that an agreement between both parties is not something new in the world.

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“It has been done somewhere else in the developed countries. Our engagement with trade unions started one year ago,” Raila said ahead of the final NASA Mombasa rally which will be held at Mama Ngina grounds.

“We have come a long way. These unions engaged both political divides; NASA and Jubilee, but the latter turned a deaf ear on them.”

“In NASA, we are committed to accommodating them.”