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Trans Mara leaders protest the exclusion of locals in teacher hiring

“All our leaders right from the Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchellah and all elected Members of County Assembly are not happy with the way the recruitment was done. We are demanding that the exercise be repeated in the interest of justice,” said Dikirr.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 21 Sep 2016 15:48 EAT

It has emerged that none of the 10 primary school teachers hired Trans Mara West during the recent recruitment is from the area.

The area leaders have protested to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and demanded that the commission should publish the list of applicants who applied for the job. The issue has generated tensions in the area since local leaders met on Friday to discuss what they termed ‘lopsided hiring’.

Mr Davies Dikirr, the chairman of the Kilgoris CDF committee, led other leaders at the CDF offices and said the publication of the names of all applicants for the position would show that the region had more than 50 suitably qualified candidates.

“All our leaders right from the Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchellah and all elected Members of County Assembly are not happy with the way the recruitment was done. We are demanding that the exercise be repeated in the interest of justice,” said Dikirr.

Kilgoris Central MCA Tompo ole Kuya and Kilgoris parliamentary aspirant Joel Tasur also attended the meeting. Kuya said the leaders resolved to reject the newly-recruited teachers when they report. He said the region would not accept the imposition of workers from neighbouring counties when the region had enough qualified teachers.

“We are not going to accept people from a neighbouring county to be recruited as teachers in our county yet they have their own slots , we are demanding that TSC puts on the notice board the names of all applicants and where they are coming from,’’ said Tasur.

Mr John Musere, who is the local chairman of the teachers’ union KNUT, said the TSC office in Trans Mara was responsible for bungling the recruitment exercise.

“On this matter the TSC office in Trans Mara has goofed, we have enough qualified teachers even if we were given 50 slots we could have filled them without the need to invite outsiders, our people are only demanding their fair share of slots and nothing else,’’ said Musere.

The local TSC office is led by Mr Wesley Kemboi, and it is him who the leaders accuse of interference in the recruitment of the teachers. The Kenya Free Press could not reach him for comment.

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