KUPPET KUPPET has issued a 14-day Strike Notice has issued a 14-day Strike Notice
Teachers who are members of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) spoke out against President William Ruto’s planned housing fund on Friday, May 12.
In a statement to the media, the union asserted that a number of its members already owned homes and should be exempted from the three percent cut.
According to Jacob Karura, the branch manager of KUPPET in Embu, “Our teachers have already built houses in their rural homes, so we reject the 3% levy,” While those who haven’t built homes yet have already received financing for them.
Additionally, they argued that the teachers wouldn’t have enough time to save up money for the specified housing.
An affordable, high-quality home for a teacher costs about Ksh1.2 million. You can figure out that a teacher will pay for a home for roughly 66 years if you do the math. We have our own plans because we are teachers, another member argued.
The group claimed that teachers had their own preferences and ideas on where to retire as well as the kinds of residences they wished to live in.
Others said that it was unreasonable to expect them to leave their rural houses where they rear animals in favor of relocating to an apartment building where they would still have access to their chickens, goats, and cows.
The members declared, “We do not want to live in those highrises; they will harm teachers.”
The union then threatened to go on strike after they gave the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) a 14-day window to intervene and ensure that teachers are not subject to tax failure.
On May 11, Ruto disputed the assertion by pointing out that parliamentarians were likewise bound by a similar approach.
He also questioned how Kenyans believed that the government would pay for the campaign-era low-cost housing program.
“I am aware that a large number of you are current on mortgage payments of Ksh100,000. Why would you prefer that the majority of Kenyans do not own homes? Ruto appealed for allowing hustlers to own homes as well.
Additionally, Ruto pledged to find additional investors to boost yearly house construction from 50,000 to 200,000.
On April 25, Charles Hinga, principal secretary for housing, emphasized that Kenyans were exempt from the deduction requirement.
KUPPET has issued a 14-day Strike Notice