KNUT Trims SG’s Powers, Bars Officials From Holding Political Offices
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut)’s steering committee has endorsed proposed changes to its constitution, against the will of a section of KNUT members.
In changes the changes endorsed by the National Advisory Council at a meeting in Nairobi on December 18, elected officials will retire at 65 Additionally, officials wishing to contest elective political positions will not be allowed back into the union since Knut seeks to delink itself from partisan politics.
The decision, which is awaiting approval by the National Delegates’ Conference (NDC), will deal a major blow to KNUT members who have expressed interest in various political positions in 2022 general election.
“We want to include that any member or official of the union elected, nominated or appointed to a political party position, or to Parliament, should give way for the rest to lead,” reads the proposed law.
In the previous years, Knut officials took leave to contest elective national positions and those who lost were embraced back into the union.
The meeting which arrived at the change of constitution was attended by 440 KNUT officials, drawn from its 110 branches.
The National Advisory Council consists of members of the National Executive Council (NEC), the chairman, executive secretary, treasurer, woman representatives, and persons with disabilities where necessary from each of the branches.
Though the NDC has a final say in any constitutional changes, in the absence of the top organ, Secretary-General Collins Oyuu maintained that the constitution allows the Advisory Council to ratify changes, implying that the changes will be implemented even minus NDCs approval.
Also passed was the proposal to reduce powers of the SG. The SG therefore will no longer double up as the Chief Executive Officer.