Youth Polytechnic instructors in Kisii County staged a demonstration over failed promises by the County government to employ them.
Their Chairman Stephen Onchoki Nyang’au led 200 instructors on a demo along Kisii streets, where they temporarily brought activities on the road to a standstill.
They accused Governor James Ongwae of engaging in empty rhetoric over state of unemployment even after they were vetted three months ago.
Nyang’au said the instructors had sacrificed to teach for over 36 months without pay, and were now fed up with perpetual lies by the Governor’s office, as they waited for their grievances to be addressed.
Criticising Ongwae’s speech on 12th December 2016, they accused him of laxity as plight of the polytechnics continued to worsen during his era.
They said the Governor had tactfully avoided meeting them on various occasions even when he gave them an appointment.
In the speech, Ongwae had promised 200 jobs for instructors of vocational training centress and 450 for Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers.
Students who joined the demo to show solidarity with their instructors urged the county Government to salvage the situation before the institutions were grounded.
“We actually risk dropping out of school if this crisis is not sorted out amicably,” lamented John Makori.
Speaking over the phone, County Public Service Board Chairman David Kombo said the employment issue was not under his docket.
The County Education Chief officer David Okebiro on the other hand said his hands were tied until he received communication from the Public Service Board.