A bid by Nyeri senator Ephraim maina to capture governor seat on a Jubilee Party ticket has received a major boost after teachers from ECDE, primary and secondary schools backed him .
Led by officials of Kenya National Union of Teachers Nyeri branch, they said that Maina is the safer hand to lead the county owing to his corrupt free record .
“As teachers of Nyeri we have confidence that our senator can lead this county to greater level ,we have information that more than 25 billion have been misappropriated yet the education sector is under funded especially early child development which is key to development of this sector” said Charles Gakuuri a Knut official.
The teachers said that although primary and secondary education is under national government counties have a stake to play through construction of class and other amenities.
The decision by teachers to back Maina is a big blow to current governor Mutahi Kahiga who is former Knut executive secretary .
His choice as deputy governor for the late Wahome Gakuru wa due to the fact that he controlled teachers community who are vital as opinion shappers.
Kahiga is vying on United development party ticket .
Speaking during the occasion at kagumo Teachers’ Training College Maina said that education sector and health are vital if he captures the seat.
“I want to assure you that education and health are vital sector in this county ,I will work with you to ensure we restore lost glory of the country in the education sector. further I will make sure that hospitals have drugs to take care of our populace” said Maina .
He also said that it is vital for residents to differentiate leaders who can offer quality leadership at this time saying that for central region people to benefit, they must choose leaders who can take care of them especially at this time when there is no Kikuyu presidency.
“As Mt Kenya people we must take care of our grassroots leaders who will act as bridge between them and top leadership of this country ,if not we will be underdeveloped as a region ” said Maina .
Maina also urged the ECDE teachers not to be intimidated of losing their jobs because of their stand to throw his support towards his bid to vie for governorship.
Yesterday the teachers were receiving text messages from their officials cautioning them against attending the meeting organised by the senator, saying the meeting was unauthorized.
Former nyeri county women leader Priscilla Nyokabi who was present lauded teachers for backing M0aina saying that as senator of Nyeri once elected she will ensure retired teachers dues are paid on time .