Osotsi accuses KUPPET national chairman of betraying teachers

KUPPET National Chairman Omboko Milemba/ File Photo

Vihiga Senator Godfrey Osotsi has accused KUPPET national chairman Ombogo Milemba of betraying teachers by voting in favour of the Finance Bill 2023 that introduced more taxes.

Milemba who is also the Member of Parliament for Emuhaya constituency has been blamed for not having the interest of the teachers at heart by supporting the bill which was passed in Parliament into a Finance Act.

Speaking during the Knut AGM in Vihiga, Osotsi told the teachers they were betrayed by one of their own.

He said Milemba who had a better chance of protecting teachers did not do that.

“Omboko being a unionist, he could have stood firm with teachers and raised their voice, but it’s unfortunate that he chose to fine-tune himself with the government.”2023.

Osotsi VS Milemba
Vihiga Senator Godfrey Osotsi and KUPPET chairman Omboko Milemba in Vihiga: Photo Courtesy

Public servants including teachers have raised concerns about the 1.5 per cent tax on housing among many other deductions that will have them dig deeper into their accounts due to the Finance Act 2023.

Milemba, who is a member of the ruling Kenya Kwanza coalition, publicly supported the bill that was opposed by many MPs from the opposition.

The Senator said the 2023-24 Finance Bill, which has already been implemented, has endangered teachers’ payslips.

He said this after the Knut leadership raised concerns about how the SRC is punching holes in their payslips.

However, Milemba said he will not mix union issues and politics, saying it will ruin many goodies that are yet to be realised for teachers.

By Our Reporter

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