When the strike was still fresh, the government played tough and maintained that it had no cash to pay the teachers even after the supreme ruled in favor of the teachers, directing that the pay increment be effected.
So the opposition came in accusing the president of dishonoring the court’s ruling and even threatened to push for president impeachment. Then the opposition held a rally to throw their weight behind the teachers and even opened an account with the name ‘solidarity’ in an effort to support the striking teachers. They asked Kenyans to assist in funding the said account. Oops! The CORD coalition has already said the money collected will not be used to pay teachers. A fishy game or what?
Even if the opposition claimed that there were no political motives behind this, it was obvious that they had got an opportunity to flare up pressure on the government thus showing how incapable it was. Failure by the government to pay the teachers was a minus to the manifesto that the ruling coalition had presented in a bid to get elected to the office.
But then it’s the role of the opposition to ensure that the government delivers to all citizens accordingly and without violating anybody’s rights.
What after the rally that the opposition held to show solidarity with the striking teachers yet they have not yet been paid? May be it was genuine gesture but no solution was forthcoming even if they claimed to push for immediate action for the sake of teachers by camping outside the President’s office till the teachers are paid.
I think that the strike only made the opposition resurface their political heat and so politicking does not help in any way. For the good of our children who are now at home and not in school, then I think politics should be kept aside and a room for mediation between the government and the teachers adopted.