, MACHAKOS, Kenya, May 27 – Teachers unions and school heads associations in Ukambani have thrown their weight behind Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua terming him a transformative leader.
Officials from the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET), Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) and the Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (KEPSHA) said Mutua has shown diligence since he was elected Governor.
The officials were drawn from schools in Machakos, Makueni and Kitui Counties and also included members from private schools associations.
Mutua pledged to set up a bursary scheme to assist teachers pursue higher education and also improve their teaching skills to international standards.
He said teachers as opinion leaders in society should be in the forefront in spearheading “politics of development and not poverty.”
“My movement of Maendeleo Chap Chap believes in improving the lives of our people and I urge teachers to be my foot soldiers at the grassroots level,” said Mutua.
Machakos KESSHA Chairman Francis Muthusi said that teachers were proud to be associated with Mutua’s leadership style which is inspirational.
“Mutua has steered the county to prosperity in various sectors including education. I assure him that teachers will support his government,” said Muthusi.
He said the Machakos Governor has helped schools purchase trial exams for candidates and provided food for the candidates during exams.
“As a scholar, the governor is leading by example and thus we as teachers appreciate his efforts,” said Muthusi.
Machakos KNUT branch Executive Secretary Judas Wewa said teachers appreciated the support extended to them by Mutua and pledged to work closely with his government.
Mutua said he was also committed to improving the education standards in the county.
He said as a trained communications lecturer, he understood the important role that educationists play.
He said teachers play a key role in society and should be catalysts of change and development.
The officials lauded Mutua for the transformative leadership which they said was being felt in the education sector.
“We appreciate what you are doing and vow to support you in all your political and development agenda. You are a visionary leader,” said KEPSHA Makueni and Machakos boss Ken Kyeva.
Mutua reiterated his commitment in the provision of clean piped water to residents of the Machakos among other amenities.