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Rift valley KNUT members to back Sossion’s re-election

Addressing media in Nakuru on Sunday, the members led by chairman Maurice Barchok maintained lauded Sossion for the role he has continued to play in defending teachers in the country.

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Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Rift valley Regional Council has vowed to rally their support behind Wilson Sossion in the forthcoming KNUT national elections.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Sunday, the members led by chairman Maurice Barchok maintained lauded Sossion for the role he has continued to play in defending teachers in the country.

Barchok told off those opposed to Sosssion adding that they are individuals with an aim to kill KNUT.

“KNUT is here to stay. As the largest region we support Sossion for he has been firm in defending teachers’ welfare” said Barchok.

The Riftvalley KNUT official also warning the government against trying to interfere with Unions.

According to Barchok, Government cannot gain by trying to kill strong unions in the country such as KNUT.

“Government will not gain by killing strong unions in this country. We have been supporting the government of the day from history. The government should also listen to Sossion on behalf of the teachers” said Barchok.

Sentiments echoed by Aggrey Namisi from Western branch who called for unity of members in rallying support for KNUT and SG Sossion.

KNUT has been carrying on Branch elections with National elections also expected in April this year.

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Equity Ngara Branch partners with Interior Ministry to plant trees at Mathari Hospital

The exercise is part of Equity’s 35 million trees planting initiative in the Group’s efforts to conserve the environment.

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Equity Ngara Branch partnered with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to plant 3,300 tree seedlings at Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The exercise was conducted with the support of the Kazi Mtaani programme and chaperoned by the Deputy County Commissioner Mathare Sub-County, Jacob Mwaura.

More than 200 youths from Mathare sub-county came out to plant trees in the public hospital that focuses on mental health matters.

“Kazi Mtaani is an intervention by the Government to take care of youth affected by the restrictions enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic, where many have lost jobs and closed their businesses. Through exercises like this one, where young people provide labour, we keep the youth busy and the environment clean. The youth will also be involved in taking care of the trees until they grow,” said Jacob Mwaura.

He added that this being the rainy season, it is a good time to plant trees, with Mathare sub-county having a target of 4 million trees for the year 2021.

Speaking during the tree planting, the Acting Deputy CEO of Mathari Hospital, Dr Laurence Nderi said the hospital is happy to partner with Equity since both institutions share a commitment to impact the communities they serve.

“Equity is a market leader in the banking sector and has a strong CSR culture. Assisting the community is one of our mandates and we are glad that Equity staff are leaving their offices to be with the community. There is a lot more we can do together,” he said.

Equity Nairobi West Region General Manager Stephen Macharia, who accompanied the staff from Ngara Branch, said the event was a significant one for the region which boasts 32 branches.

“We have a target to plant 23,600 trees per branch, but even more important is that we want this exercise to be in partnership with the community. We acknowledge the young people from Kazi Mtaani who have joined us today here at Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital to plant trees,” he said.

The event was organized by Equity Ngara Branch.

“Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital is our client and we are happy to partner with them today as we plant trees under the direction of Kenya Forest Service officials,” said, Charles Gitonga the Branch Manager

Among the trees planted were 200 indigenous trees and 100 grafted mango trees.

Patricia Kitheka, who is in charge of forestry advisory services in Nairobi County said Kenya Forest Service, values Equity’s partnership in greening the county.

“This is in line with the presidential directive to increase forest cover,” she noted.

The exercise is part of Equity’s 35 million trees planting initiative in the Group’s efforts to conserve the environment.

Through its partnership with Kenya Forest Service (KFS) in this noble initiative, the Bank has been able to receive technical and supervisory support in ensuring proper planting and maintenance of the trees.

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Atwoli re-elected to head COTU for the 5th term

In March 2019, he was re-elected for the second time running as the President of the Global Industrial Relations Oversight Board, GIRO at the elections held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Mr Francis Atwoli has been re-elected unopposed as the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General for a 5th term in office consecutively.

He will now serve for a term of 5 years after COTU delegates unanimously endorsed him unopposed after his challenger Kenya National Union of Nurses’ secretary-general Seth Panyako pulled out.

“I want to THANK ALL KENYAN WORKERS for RE-ELECTING me UNOPPOSED, through their registered Trade Union Representatives, as the Secretary-General of COTU,” he stated in a Facebook post.

The flamboyant 71 years old and father of 17 children promised to service the Kenyan workers with might and strength and not betray the trust they have bestowed him.

Mr Atwoli has been at the helm of COTU since 2001 when he succeeded the late Joseph Mugalla. Before, he had served as the general secretary of the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union.

He has been very critical of governments, non-governmental bodies and global institutions, including the World Bank, for interfering with labour disputes.

In March 2019, he was re-elected for the second time running as the President of the Global Industrial Relations Oversight Board, GIRO at the elections held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Lawyer Kipkorir says Johnny didn’t die of Sputnik V vaccine jab side effects complications

The deceased, who was also the Deputy Secretary-General of the Jamia Mosque, will be laid to rest later today (Friday) in line with Muslim traditions.

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City lawyer Donald B Kipkorir has disputed claims that Ibrahim Mohammed alias Johnny succumbed to Sputnik V vaccine jab side effects.

The flamboyant Kamukunji Constituency politician passed on this morning after collapsing in his house in Nairobi. Sources say was battling an undisclosed ailment.

On March 31, the politician went for the controversial Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine jab and was in high spirits, according to Journalist Geoffrey Mosoku who photographed the exercise.

Johnny’s friend and EALA MP Simon Mbugua claimed that Johnny died due to suspected complications of the banned Sputnik V vaccine, a claim Nakuru News could not independently verify.

“Let’s mourn and celebrate his life. Let’s not tar it with gossip and conjecture,” stated Mr Donald while eulogizing the late Johnny as a conscientious and religious man who was very loyal to Baba & ODM. 

The late Johny ventured into politics in 2007 and contested in the Kamukunji Constituency but lost to Simon Mbugua. The court would later overturn the win over irregularity claims.

In the 2011 by-election, Mr Yusuf Hassan of the Party of National Unity (PNU) won followed by ODM’s Johnny with Narc-Kenya’s Brian Weke coming third.

The deceased, who was also the Deputy Secretary-General of the Jamia Mosque, will be laid to rest later today (Friday) in line with Muslim traditions.

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