The Senate Committee on Trade and Tourism has called upon the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to stop the remittance of funds to Metropolitan Sacco on behalf of members who have opted to discontinue their membership
Led by the Committee Chair, Mr Okiya Omutatah , the senators urged TSC boss Nancy Macharia to halt all deductions to Metropolitan Sacco from teachers who have formally communicated their withdrawal from the financial institution.
“Why continue remitting money of teachers to a savings sacco after they have pulled out” he wondered.
Addressing teachers in Bungoma county who were affected by the sacco, Omutatah revealed that the committee intends to summon Cooperative Secretary Simon Chelugui and TSC CEO to elucidate the mysterious disappearance of teachers’ funds within Metropolitan Sacco.
Omutatah emphasized the need for the officials to clarify the process through which teachers can reclaim their money from the Kiambu-based sacco.
The committee assured affected teachers that, as the Senate, they are committed to safeguarding all properties belonging to Kenyan citizens.
“Salaries and other savings is the teachers’ property and we must protect it. We will not allow their hard-earned savings to be swindled around,” stated Omutatah who doubles as Busia county senator.
The committee highlighted the plight of Bungoma teachers who, despite saving over Sh7 billion with the sacco, have been unable to recover their funds.
Members recounted to the committee how the sacco has persistently refused to release their money despite formal withdrawal requests.
The teachers, led by KUPPET county chairman David Barasa, accused the employer (TSC) of collaborating with the Sacco to obstruct their efforts, alleging that the commission has not changed their payment point from the sacco despite multiple withdrawal requests.