Leadership wrangles at the Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UCS) have emerged after the National Administration Council yesterday suspended the Secretary- General Tom Odege for over what they termed as going against the movement’s constitution.
UCS delegates decry how the Union is slowly dying due to what they termed as poor leadership.
In a joint statement, the UCS Treasurer Justus Mugo accuses Odege for running the union like a personal property without paying attention to the plight of teachers.
He said Odege was now not allowing alternative voices in the Union to come out and help him run the Union.
“This union belongs to all of us and there is no way we will allow Odege to micromanage us. We have a Secretary- General who can’t even call for organs meetings. He only deals with those who support his agenda. And it is from this that as the administration council we have appointed Ruth Baraza to be secretary- general in acting capacity,” said Mugo.
According to the unions deputy secretary Jerry Ole Kina, Odege was trying to bring confusion to frustrate the delegates meeting scheduled for 5th next month.
Ole kina said as a council they have resolved to lock him and ensure Odege has been barred from accessing the office until he furnishes the council with a show-cause letter.
“ There’s no way we will allow a person who has divorced us from the Ministry of labor to continue leading us. We are tired and this time we are saying enough is enough. He should copy what Wilson Sossion did and leave this office quietly,” he said.
The Nakuru branch chairman Abdul Malik vowed to go ahead with the polls saying they will even soon publish a list of delegates who will participate in the elections in the local dailies.
However, in a quick rejoinder, union officials allied to Odege dismissed the allegations by Mugo accusing them for interfering with the union operations through the government.
Lawrence Nyaguti, a delegate with UCS, accused Mugo and his team saying that he is a retired civil servant who should not go near the union operations.
“ Some of these people retired four years ago and they refused to exit this union. They have relatives who work with the government to ensure our union has been captured by the state,” he said.
On the planned elections, Nyaguti said they are ready for the polls but warned against any attempt by the government to interfere with the delegates.
Currently the union has 130 national delegates who are allowed in elections.