When you are still in employment, life may seem normal. However, when you retire, suddenly, everyone, including your employer, becomes tired of you, for not only does your salary stop, your medical insurance also stops as if to say that you are only required to be alive in the course of your employment.
Things are, however, different at KEWOTA, they are with you in the course of your employment and after retirement.
A farewell gathering yesterday at Navakholo in Kakamega County where KEWOTA was represented as teachers bade goodbye to the profession only confirmed KEWOTA’s commitment to the welfare of teachers with or without a job. All the teachers who retired got a medical insurance cover for one year.
“We care for you in employment or outside employment,” reiterated the CEO of KEWOTA Benta Opande at a grand meeting a few days ago in Nakuru when KEWOTA met all its coordinators in Kenya.
Speaking at the party, KEWOTA Coordinator Kakamaga County, Caroline Makhanu assured the teachers that Kewota will provide medical insurance to retired teachers and fight for their well being in retirement.
Mrs Makhanu also used the opportunity to enlighten the teachers about the great things KEWOTA has done to the teachers across the country such as building houses to those who retire without houses, providing water tanks to teachers in arid areas, sanitary towels, providing scholarships and negotiating for a better welfare environment of the teachers.
Though other teacher organisations were present at the event, our mole reported that they either avoided eye contact with KEWOTA team, escaped through informal exits or were too ashamed to tell the retirees why they were abandoning them at their our of need.
Several teachers signed forms to join KEWOTA.
Kewota haichagui wala hainagui. It’s open to teachers at ECDE, primary, junior secondary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Kewota, my sisters’ keeper.