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Teachers Pressure Group Meeting Disrupted by Men In Black as Members accuse Oyuu, TSC

A Friday meeting by Teachers Pressure Group, TPG in Nairobi, which started peacefully, was half an hour later disrupted by goons who claimed that they had been instructed to stop the assembly.

The goons were about five armed men clad in T-Shirts similar to the ones the members of the TPG were wearing. They entered the Professional Centre near Parliament Building, Nairobi, and ordered the teachers to disperse.

They five claimed that they had been sent by a “Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) official,” to disperse the teachers.

“This meeting must end now, this business has to stop immediately,” shouted the leader of the group as he grabbed the TPG’s banner.

After the disruptions, the men, known to TPG members as ‘hired goons’ escaped on boda bodas. The TPG members accused the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Knut of intimidation.

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“The men were hired to disrupt our meeting, they were sent to cause chaos so that they can blame it on us,” said one of the teachers.

The teachers also accused Knut Secretary-General Collins Oyuu of masterminding their transfers to silence them.

The teachers, all clad with black T-Shirts printed “resist TPD”, had planned to hold demonstrations against the recently launched Teacher Professional Development (TPD) that required them to undergo training during school’s holidays.

According to TSC, teachers will be required to pay Sh6,000 annually and also renew their teaching license after every five years. Speaking on Friday, Oyuu denied initiating any transfer of teachers.

“It is wrong to malign this office (Knut), what is the need of me to send people to go and disrupt a meeting I knew nothing about, I have no business in engaging in such sideshows,” Oyuu said.

He said transfer of teachers is purely a TSC mandate and has nothing to do with it.

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