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Kenya: Union of Teachers boss retires

Posted by African Press International on September 5, 2008

KNUT Sec Gen Ng’ang’a retires

Written By:Sophie Mwangi

Caption: Ng’ang’a (right) has served the giant teachers’ union for over three decades. Sitting to his left is Mr Chirchir

Long serving Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Francis N’gang’a has retired serving union for over three decades.

His deputy, Lawrence Majali will assume office in an acting capacity until fresh elections are held.

Announcing his retirement Nganga said though he had accomplished some milestones during his tenure, he would continue to be actively involved in fighting for teachers’ rights even in retirement.

The union officials led by National Chairman George Wesonga and the deputy secretary general commended Nganga for his leadership. The officials said Ng’ang’a had shown a lot of commitment in his service at the union.

Nganga was the third Secretary General of the Kenya National Union of Teachers since its formation in 1956.

He joined the union in 1977 as a branch executive committee member of Nairobi KNUT branch.

He was later elevated to the post of Nairobi branch secretary general where he served for ten years.

He was elected the national KNUT Secretary General in 2001 after the death of the then Secretary General Ambrose Adongo and later re elected in 2006.

Ng’ang’a will be greatly remembered for heading the longest teachers strike in the Kenyan history in 2002.

A vocal and fiery official of the KNUT, Nganga will perhaps be associated more with pushing for better terms for teachers through strikes than anything else.

One of his greatest achievements was successfully fighting for the promotion of 78, 000 teachers.

His deputy Lawrence Majali promised to continue the fight against the proposed signing of performance contracts and push for better pay packages for teachers.



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