Oyuu Proposes Increase Of KNUT Retirement Age to 65, Faces Opposition From Sossion
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has proposed plans to raise the retirement age for officials from the current 60 to 65, proposals that have brewed disagreements among the officials.
These proposals were revealed during an induction meeting held at Malindi in early December. The proposals have however been opposed by a section of KNUT members who felt that the move will bar them from holding top positions in the union.
The scheme is already facing opposition from a section of officials, who see it as a plan to stop them from rising to higher positions.
Oyuu will be 58 in May next year, as will National Chairman Patrick Karinga. Second National Woman Representative Mercy Muthoni Ndung’u is 58, while First National Vice-Chairman Stanley Mutai should retire next year as he will hit 60.
Another proposed change is to anchor in law the National Steering Committee, which has been loosely operating for decades. It comprises three top national officials and the woman representative.
Barring officials from holding parliamentary seats is seen as a means to cure the protracted battle that dogged former secretary-general Wilson Sossion, who was nominated to the National Assembly by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). Eventually he was struck off the roll of teachers by the TSC. Sossion, who says he still a Knut member, has written to Oyuu in protest at the proposed changes.
“Please refrain using unorthodox means to mutilate Knut constitution. Amending the Knut constitution using the NEC and NAC shall be unconstitutional and attract [a lawsuit]. Extension of retirement age is not only selfish but dangerous!” Sossion wrote.
He argued that officials of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers—Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba (national chairman), Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui (assistant national treasurer) and Bungoma Woman Representative Catherine Wambilianga (national woman representative) were not targeted for victimisation by TSC despite being national union officials.