By Dan Nyamanga.
Nyamira 21 February 2021………New blood has been injected into the Nyamira branch, Kenya Union of Post Primary Education and Tertiary (KUPPET) after majority of the incumbent officials were shown the door in historic elections held on Sunday at Nyamira boys school.
Out of the 10 posts up for grab, only three retained their seats.
At the polling centre, tension was high as the polls attracted high voter turnout,a number which has never been experienced before in Nyamira branch
Among the seats which attracted competition was that of the Executive Secretary and Chairman which the incumbents, Mr.Lewis Nyakweba and George Makaa respectively, struggled to retain with very thin margins.
Lewis beat his closest challenger Mr. Joseph Sonye with just 29 votes margin after garnering 645 votes while Sonye garnered 615 as Joseph Marigwa came distant third with 385 votes.
George Makaa retained the chairman seat with 833 votes, a win margin of 12 votes from his closest challenger, Mr. Festus Segera who garnered 821 votes.
Also,George Ayieko narrowly beat his competitor Philemon Okindo to retain his assistant executive secretary seat.Ayieko earned 873 while Okindo had 750 votes.
Evans Matuga,the incoming Organising Secretary beat the incumbent Syrus Serembe in a hotly contested race.Matuga garnered 938 as the incumbed struggled with 721 votes.
Stella Moturi beat the incumbent male incumbent to win the treasurer post with 780 votes against incumbent Mr. Tom Onsongo ,755.
According to Matuga, the time had come for teachers to be felt and their concerns addressed with dignity.
He said the ‘sweep’ at the branch office was a sign that teachers were dissatisfied with the former office bearers.
“This is a clear indication that teachers want better services from the office bearers,its therefore our (newly elected) role now to ensure that there’s change in the union on how teachers’ matters are handled.We have started work immediately”, he said.