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Daily Nation : February 21st 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 21, 2014 DISPUTE | Officials in rival unions in supremacy war Rival unions fight over role in NSSF Cotu accuses newly-formed workers’ union of plot to weaken it BY AGGREY MUTAMBO @agmutambo firstname.lastname@example.org R ival trade unions have escalated their war of words on represen- tation at the NSSF board and alleged poaching of members. Yesterday, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) accused newly-formed Federation of Publ ic Service Trade Unions (Pusetu) of playing into the government’s hands to weaken it. Cotu dismissed Pusetu of- ficials as “guns for hire.” “These individuals purporting to represent workers interestingly are composed of frustrated losers both in the last General Election and in trade union’s elections hanging on someone hungry for power,” Cotu assistant secretary-general Benson Okwaro told the press at Solidarity House in Nairobi. Mr Okwaro, who is also Kenya Communication Workers Union of Kenya secretary-general, directed the jibe at Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), which Cotu claims has mas- “These individuals purporting to represent workers interestingly are composed of frustrated losers” Cotu official Benson Okwaro REACTION Officials in war of words are very strong. It is him who has been a gun for hire by the government,” Mr Sossion told the Nation by phone. He continued: “If he is losing control, let him carry his own cross. He should not blame it on us. Knut is not answerable to Cotu. If there is any known government puppet, then it is Cotu and Francis Atwoli. If I had been eating with the government, I wouldn’t be on the forefront of strikes. Strikes are not weddings.” The rival unions have been fighting over who should represent workers on the NSSF board. Pusetu, whose main mem- bers include Knut, Kenya Union of Civil Servants and Dock Workers Union, says it has 750,000 members and claims that Cotu has only 160,000 members. Cotu on the other hand “If I had been eating with the government, I wouldn’t be on the forefront of strikes” Knut boss Wilson Sossion terminded a walk-out by other unions. However, Knut secretary- general Wilson Sossion accused Cotu officials of getting stuck in the past. “Atwoli is becoming irrel- evant and he doesn’t have to punish the rest of us. We are elected representatives of our unions and our unions claims it has 1.5 million members and therefore should be the main representative on the board. Cotu had last month ob- tained a court injunction stopping NSSF board meetings until their nominee Damaris Muhika is gazetted. Yesterday, the organisa- tion threatened to pull out of NSSF and form a rival pension scheme if Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi failed to gazette Ms Muhika’s nomination. But Pusetu has dared Cotu to go ahead with the pullout. JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Fatuma Mwandoto cleans dishes after lunch at a scouts camp at Kabiruini, Nyeri Town, yesterday. More than 10,000 scouts are expected in the town for the Founders’ Day to be marked on Saturday. National News 11 SCOUTS CAMP |Washing up after meal BRIEFLY LAIKIPIA Pilot unhurt as plane crashes on landing A Kenya Wildlife Service pilot escaped unhurt after the light aircraft he was flying crashed while landing at a Nanyuki airfield. KWS assistant director in-charge of mountain conservation area Aggrey Maumo said the pilot escaped unhurt in the Monday incident. Mr Maumo told the Nation that the aircraft developed mechanical problems when the pilot was landing and crashed. The pilot was alone. NAKURU Rape convict fights to overturn jail term A father of 10 serving a 20-year term for rape yesterday launched his last attempt to secure freedom. Evans Mokua, 40, was jailed after he was found guilty of defiling a mentally challenged minor at Gituamba farm in Nakuru on January 7, 2010. Yesterday, he told the Court of Appeal that the magistrate overlooked the facts of the case. A three-judge bench will deliver the judgment on March 13. NYAHURURU Middle-aged man found dead in town A middle-aged man was yes- terday found dead in Nyahururu town. Nyandarua North police boss Benjamin Onsongo said the man was yet to be identified, adding that investigations had been launched. Mr Onsongo said they suspected the man was killed elsewhere and the body dumped at the location where it was found. The body had no injuries, added the police boss. LITTER-LESS CAMPAIGN LAUNCH-KENYA WRIGLEY COMPANY FOUNDATION HELPS TO MAKE THE WORLD A ‘LITTER-LESS’ PLACE Kenya Organization for Environmental Education (KOEE) launches the ‘Litter Less’ campaign in Kenya today, with the support of the Foundation for Environmental Education’s (FEE) Eco-Schools programme and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation. To mark the launch, a clean up exercise will be carried out around Jogoo Road Primary School before ceremonial tree planting and speeches from Nairobi County officials-Ministries of Education and Enviroment, at the school. The ‘Litter Less’ project is being implemented across 35 countries, including Kenya, through a $3.25 USD million donation from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation and aims to help engage and educate Kenyan children on litter and encourage them to make positive choices for responsible disposal of litter. The campaign is being implemented through the Eco Schools programme, with children aged 5-12 years being asked to design and lead their own antilitter projects, or organise a Litter Less event at their school. HOW LITTER-LESS CAMPAIGN WILL WORK IN KENYA Children aged 5-12 years in Kenya will run the Litter-Less campaign through the Eco-Schools programme. They will implement actions to reduce litter, for example carrying out clean up days, only taking food to school with little or no packaging, or creating art pieces, which help to promote anti-littering. They will also share their experiences with other participating countries and on the websites: http://www.eco-schools.org/litterless and www.koee.org The mission of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation is to improve the health of people and our planet through sustainable initiatives focused in oral health and environmental stewardship, as well as local needs that ensure a healthy community. Since its founding in 1987, the Wrigley Company Foundation has donated more than $55 million to charitable organizations improving lives around the world. FEE is a non-government, non-profit organization leading the way in environmental education through five engaging international programs which have been successfully implemented in up to 63 countries: Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) and Learning about Forests (LEAF), Blue Flag (for beach and marinas), and Green Key (an eco-label for leisure establishments). For more information visit fee-international.org.
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