Society / Education
Monday, 15 May 2017 20:07 EATlmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
The Gender Secretary at the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (KUPPET) Catherine Wambilianga retained her seat in a by-election this morning, winning 131 delegate votes against her opponent Rosemary Murundu who garnered 33 votes. Mrs Murundu, immediate former secretary executive of the Uasin Gishu County, had filed a case after she lost in the first election in March 2016.
Led by KUPPET chairman Omboko Milemba, the delegates conducted a repeat election for the position after Mrs Murundu filed the case alleging that the elections were not free and fair. Today's repeat election was done at the Kenya Railway Club where over 180 delegates participated.
Mrs Wambilianga is also the Ford Kenya nominee for the Bungoma County women representative in the National Assembly in the August 8 elections. She was defending her seat in the KUPPET organization as a women representative for another five years term. She said that she will bring more women to the KUPPET organization and improve the KUPPET in terms of development.
Before the election results were announced, Mrs Wambilianga said that if she lost to her opponent she will file a case to the court since the opponent was not a legitimate KUPPET member. The winner has over 10 years of leadership in KUPPET, having been elected treasurer of Bungoma Branch when KUPPET began there.
Her opponent however conceded defeat and urged the winner to represent the teachers well to the government. Mrs Wambilianga said that teachers should always address their disputes through the KUPPET Constitution.
During the meeting, KUPPET secretary general Akello Misori said that the elections were held well with no complains. He also said that the amount of money to be used for the elections was not budgeted due to the delayed court order after the complaint was made.
On national teachers' issues, Mr Misori said the teachers’ payment does not involve the Cabinet secretary for Education in Fred Okeng’o Matiang’i.
Mr Milemba urged the delegates to vote for the teachers running for the positions in their respective counties in the general elections.
Additional reporting by Julliet Mwihaki and Mary Muthoni