Knut officials fined over teachers’ strike

PHOTO/PUAL WAWERU Knut acting secretary-general Mudzo Nzili (left) and chairman Wilson Sossion at the Industrial Court on July 22, 2013 after they were found guilty of contempt of court. NATION MEDIA GROUP

NAIROBI, KENYA: Kenya National Union of Teachers ( KNUT) has been fined Sh5 million while its chairman Wilson Sossion and secretary general Mudzo Nzili ordered to pay Sh500,000 each or face a 30 day-jail term after they were found guilty of contempt of court.

The two officials were fined by Industrial Court Judge Linet Ndolo despite calling off a three week teachers’ strike.

The Teachers Service Commission failed to withdraw contempt of court proceedings against the union over the strike.

In the application, TSC wanted Knut officials committed to jail for disobeying a court order for them to call off the teachers strike.

TSC was also seeking to have the court impose a penalty of Sh20 million against the union and in default of payment attach all immovable assets belonging to the union including land and building.

The commission had also sought to deduct each of the striking teachers Sh 10,000 from their salaries which TSC has been withholding for failing to resume duty.

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