Teachers in Matuga Sub-County have endorsed Amani National Congress (ANC) Deputy Party leader Kassim Tandaza to vie for the Matuga parliamentary seat in 2017 General Elections.
The endorsement is a big boost for Mr Tandaza who has twice vied for the seat unsuccessfully —during 2007 general election and 2010 by-election.
Speaking on behalf of over 300 teachers at Kwale Cultural Centre on Saturday, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) vice chairperson, Kwale Sub-Branch, Helen Mwasi said Mr Tandaza is the right person for the seat.
“He is the right person who can protect the affairs of teachers and give them proper guidelines because he is educated and understands the challenges facing the education sector,” she said.
The KNUT official who is also Kinarini Primary School head teacher, urged her colleagues to assess leaders thoroughly before voting for them.
Mr Tandaza welcomed the endorsement, exuding confidence that he will be successful this time owing to the immense influence of the teachers.
“The elites are the ones who can sharpen people’s opinion but unfortunately majority of them have left the responsibility of speaking and guiding voters on the right leaders to vote,” he said.
He urged residents to register as voters in order to practice their democratic right by electing leaders who will be able to bring transformative change.
“I do not want to go to parliament in order to enrich myself just like the rest. My intention is to transform the lives of locals and emancipate them from the chains of poverty,” he said.