, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – The Secretary General of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) David Okuta is dead.
Okuta passed away at Rongai Women’s Hospital on Tuesday night after developing breathing problems, according to his family.
He was in and out of hospital for a better part of last year forcing him to be away from office intermittently.
President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta is among leaders who visited him at his home recently, before his health deteriorated.
Okuta was taken ill in September last year at his Kisumu home where he was reported to have collapsed.
The incident happened just a day before the nationwide teachers’ strike, which he was instrumental in organising.
At the time, Okuta was rushed to Kisumu’s Aga Khan Hospital for treatment. He was later flown to Nairobi for specialised health care.
Days later he was back on his feet and even managed to call off the strike and resumed his duties partially as he recuperated.
Early this year he went on leave pending his retirement.
Okuta has been instrumental in fighting for the rights of teachers and he took office as Secretary General of the union in mid-2011.
In December last year, Okuta was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by President Mwai Kibaki during the 49th Jamhuri Day fete.
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