By Farah Adan.
Teachers from other parts of the country have been directed to keep off North Eastern Kenya following the killing of 28 people by Al-Shabaab in Mandera on Saturday morning.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) gave the directive on Sunday citing increased cases of insecurity.
The Union singled out Mandera, Moyale, Marsabit and Turkana among other places rocked by insecurity as inhabitable for their members.
They now want all their members who are not residents of the affected areas not to report back to their duty stations and instead report to the Teachers Service Commission offices in their home counties and wait for redeployment.
Speaking at Chiromo Mortuary in Nairobi where they went to console families of those killed in the bus attack, union officials led by Secretary General Wilson Sossion urged their members to keep off the affected areas.
“We are directing all our teachers who are not residents of these insecure parts of the country not to go back. If you are there, go back to your home counties. Keep off those regions.” Said Sossion.
The union officials said that 24 out of the 28 people who were killed were teachers.
The Secretary General wants the government to fully compensate the families and meet the funeral expenses.
He blamed the government for the continued attacks witnessed in many parts of the country and demanded quick action in order to avoid more bloodshed.
“What is our security machinery doing? The security authorities must wake up. We have waited but now our patience has run out.” He added.