KNUT National Treasurer John Matiangi has resigned from the teachers union.
Matiangi, a brother to Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi has served KNUT for 13 years.
He has worked with the Kenya National Union of Teachers since he was first elected as Executive Secretary, Borabu Branch in 2008.
“There isn’t a day I have deliberately skipped work. I love my job. It is such a blessing to be able to say that,” he said in a statement released to the media.
He added: “It has been my delight to serve teachers and champion their causes. Working as a trade unionist is not the easiest of jobs, but I’ve walked in solidarity with teachers and my colleagues in the union in the truest sense of that phrase. I had their back as they had mine.”
He said he had voluntary taken retirement as KNUT National Treasurer and pause this phase of his professional life adding that he had submitted his retirement letter to the National Executive Council through the Secretary-General.
“In the course of my public-facing career, I have made some personal sacrifices for which I feel I must now make recompense. Specifically, I am taking time off in service to my family and to complete my studies at the University of Nairobi, which have stalled for some time now due to work obligations.”
He said this is not a decision to exit public service. “It is a temporary but necessary break to allow me to take stock of my journey and map out my next phase. Even as I transition from KNUT, I remain committed to my obligations as a public servant.”
By Frank Akunga