KUPPET officials retain top posts after Saturday polls

March 19, 2016 5:39 pm
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During the elections, Misori garnered 365 votes against 55 of the Laikipia County Branch Executive Secretary, Ndung'u Wangenye, who had declared interest in the post. Photo/FILE.
During the elections, Misori garnered 365 votes against 55 of the Laikipia County Branch Executive Secretary, Ndung’u Wangenye, who had declared interest in the post. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya, March 20 – The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) union conducted their national elections on Saturday where the entire National Executive Board was re-elected.

They were led by Secretary General Akello Misori and National Chairman Omboko Milemba who have been vocal in championing for the teachers rights.

During the elections, Misori garnered 365 votes against 55 of the Laikipia County Branch Executive Secretary, Ndung’u Wangenye, who had declared interest in the post.

Speaking after the polls by 470 delegates, Misori thanked the teachers for their support and indicated that the new term will enable the union leadership fulfill their mandate.

“I know that since our mandate has been renewed, the expectation of the Kenyan teacher is whether we are going to be up to the task to move the agenda which is beforehand further,” he stated.

He outlined his main agenda for the second term which will include constructively engaging the government to ensure positive reforms in the education sector.

“I want to assure them that this is exactly what we are going to do and we will engage the government constructively to ensure that certain institutions which operated in the education sector like the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) are reformed,” he said.

He also emphasized that KUPPET’s main agenda will not be just to point out areas of improvement but also provide solutions to problems facing the sector.

“We are not going just to cite the weaknesses without providing solutions so these are the things that we must consider. For example, KNEC must reform its operations to ensure that they modernize the ICT system to eliminate examination irregularities,” he said.

Milemba retained the National Chairman post after he sailed through unopposed during the elections held at the Kasarani stadium.

“I would like to thank the teachers of Kenya upon re-electing us, making a decision and strengthening the structures of the union. We want them to remain committed and we assure them that the union shall be standing with them firmly,” he told journalists after the elections.

He expressed satisfaction after the entire National Executive Board was re-elected saying that they will give due diligence in efforts to serve teachers effectively.

“We had 10 delegates from each county. The team that we wanted to win is the team that I lead, the National Executive Board and I am very happy with the delegates and the teachers of Kenya that they have retained this team so that they can finish the work that they began,” he said.

He stated that among the areas of focus will be pursuing the pay negotiations with the government and pushing for the 50 to 60 per cent pay increase that teachers were promised.

Other candidates who sailed through unopposed include KUPPET deputy Secretary General Moses Nthurima, national treasurer Mwethi Njenga, secretary gender Catherine Wambilyanga, secretary tertiary education Sammy Chelanga and secretary secondary Edward Obwocha.

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