Teachers want MP punished for malicious remarks against principal

Gideon Kimaiyo, MP, who has been castigated by teacher unions for deriding a principal.

Teachers in Elgeyo Marakwet have hit out at Keiyo South MP Gideon Kimaiyo over his malicious remarks against a school principal in the area, asking that he be punished for indecorum.

The teachers, led by branch KUPPET Secretary Paul Biwott, said the remarks against Biwott Secondary School principal were uncalled for and a humiliation of teachers.

Addressing the press, he noted that the MP ought to have used other avenues to raise his concerns rather than openly condemning the teacher.

“It is wrong for a leader of Kimaiyo’s stature to insult a teacher in front of students and parents. There are many channels the MP could have used to air his grievances and as a union we are not happy about this,” said Biwott.

He disclosed that the union has written to the Teachers Services Commission (TSC) seeking its intervention on the matter.

Kimaiyo, during a tour of schools, is said to have ridiculed Biwott Day Secondary School Principal for demanding Ksh6,000 from students, yet fees had been paid by NGCDF.

Biwott wants action taken against the MP and further urged elected leaders to respect teachers, whom he says play an important role in the country’s economy.

It is however not clear what form of punishment may be preferred against the MP, understanding that he is answerable only to those who elected him.

His KNUT counterpart Musa Busienei echoed the sentiments, saying parents in the area have also recorded their displeasure over the remarks, demanding action against the MP.

“When you see what happened, parents, like teachers, were also not amused by the remarks at all. Elected leaders should understand that 5 years will end and we will go back to elections. As KNUT, we want stern action taken against the MP,” said Busienei.

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By Kimutai Langat

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