Union wants graft probe at Laikipia TSC office

June 3, 2013 2:21 pm
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The teachers' union petitioned the commission following the recent transfer of over 40 teachers which they allege was clouded in fraudulent deals/FILE
The teachers’ union petitioned the commission following the recent transfer of over 40 teachers which they allege was clouded in fraudulent deals/FILE
NYAHURURU, Kenya, Jun 3 – The Laikipia branch of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET) now wants the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission to investigate claims of corruption at the County’s Teacher’s Service Commission office.

The teachers’ union petitioned the commission following the recent transfer of over 40 teachers which they allege was clouded in fraudulent deals.

Through its Executive Secretary Ndung’u Wangenye, KUPPET alleged that teachers were being asked to give out cash to TSC officials to facilitate their transfers to preferred schools.

Wangenye claimed one official was intimidating those who did not part with money.

The KUPPET official observed that several teachers who were affected by transfers are suspicious that the exercise was not transparent.

The union accused the officer of also threatening those who expressed their displeasure at their transfers.

“Some of the teachers have been told that they will be punished for reporting their complaints to the union. It is their right to do so and the director should not intimidate them,” the letter added.

The union further wants the whole exercise to be cancelled until proper consultations with the union were.

Contacted by Capital FM News the official however denied the claims saying that it was a witch-hunt.

She maintained that the transfers were done within the law and rubbished claims that money changed hands.

“We did the transfers within our mandate and there was no corruption or intimidation. We transferred teachers to schools which had less teachers and this is within the law,” she explained.

She added that this was done with the consultation of all stakeholders to make ensure that schools had adequate numbers of teachers.

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