Babu Owino Gives Magoha Ultimatum on BoM Teachers Payment

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    Embakasi MP Babu Owino (left) and Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha (right).
  • Embakasi MP Babu Owino on Friday, September 11, issued Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha an ultimatum with regard to payment of money owed to Board of Management (BoM) teachers.

    Babu who doubles up as the Secretary-General of Kenya Young Parliamentary Association demanded the Ministry of Education pay BoM teacher before the end of Friday.

    "The president did agree that BoM teachers be paid, we do not know where the delay is coming from, as a result we are smelling a rat, there is something cooking.

    File image of a teacher and students in class
    File image of a teacher and students in a class

    "We want to give an ultimatum, that should the money not be paid by today, next week we will call for another presser on how we are going to hold mega demonstrations," he stated.

    BoM teachers around the country are yet to receive a dime of money owed to them since the government ordered the closure of schools back in March when the Covid-19 hit the country.

    Magoha was put on the spot after announcing on Friday, September 4, that BOM teachers had received their pay as promised by the government.

    BoM teachers came out strongly to deny receiving payment from the government, with a number of leaders including Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, voicing concerns over the matter.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta, while chairing the National and County Governments Coordinating Summit on Monday, July 27, directed Treasury CS Ukur Yattani and his Education counterpart George Magoha, to expedite the payment.

    The outspoken MP also called on the Ministry to look into the payment of school support staff who are bearing the brunt of school closure.

    "There is also another war we are going to wage against the government, the payment of the support staff who work within the schools, those are security officers, drivers, sweepers and cleaners, we will demand that they be paid.

    "The demonstrations will be devolved, they will be in every county, every constituency, every ward and we will demand that roads be blocked," added Babu.

    Embakasi East MP Babu Owino addressing a crowd during a past event.
    Embakasi East MP Babu Owino addressing a crowd during a past event.