, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is holding elections on Friday to pick new Executive and the National Steering Committee Members.
The event is being held at the Kasarani Gymnasium and teachers will be electing officials for the posts of Secretary General and National Chairman, among others.
The current chairman Wilson Sossion told Capital FM News that the elections will be free and fair and that the decision of the teachers will be respected.
“We will be holding elections of officials across the union and you never know, some of us may be going home since it is a very big affair but we will respect the decision made,” he stated.
The leadership of the union is based on a structure contained in its constitution.
The top policy organ of union is the National Executive Council (NEC).
The NEC is composed of 28 members, eight of whom are the top national officials and the rest are drawn from province as follows:- Nairobi and North Eastern (one each), Coast (two), Eastern, Central, Western and Nyanza (three each), Rift Valley (Four) and two women representatives.
Three Trustees also sit in the NEC as ex-officio members without voting powers.
The eight top officials work full time at the KNUT Head Office and constitute the National Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee is answerable to the NEC for management of union affairs besides the coordination and supervision of branch activities.
The NEC is responsible for all policy issues – formulation, implementation and monitoring and reports to the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC).
The leadership at the branch level is composed a Branch Steering Committee of five members, one or two women representatives and members representing designated zones.
The groups constitute the Branch Executive Committees (BEC).
The ADC which is the supreme organ of the union is convened once a year to deal with any issue placed before it by the NEC. The delegates and constituted by inviting every branch to nominate one delegate for every 100 members enrolled in the branch.