By Vincent Odhiambo | A bitter leadership row is brewing at the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) with a section of the union’s leadership now calling for the immediate removal of the General Secretary, Seth Panyako.
A section of KNUN’s National Governing Council has accused Panyako of gross misconduct, abuse of office and failing to represent the interests of nurses since the union’s inception in 2013.
The leaders’ attempts to state their case against Panyako at a press conference were, however, frequently interrupted by goons who are purported to have been representing the now embattled General Secretary.
During the presser, the leaders accused him of embezzling the union’s funds and pushing for a change of the union’s constitution to convert him into a life General Secretary.
“What we want to tell Kenya nurses is that we must have a free fair and credible elections for KNUN, this ‘guy’ must go. Panyako must go we have no option for him.” Said Lenpik Kioko, a Council Member, Nairobi branch.
Kioko also said that they have “petitioned the registrar of trade unions that he calls for an election, set a caretaker committee to take care of the union for at leaset 90 days and prepare for an election so that nurses can decide who’s going to lead them.”
Metropol TV reached out to Panyako who was unavailable for comment on the allegations levelled against him.