Matiang’i brother steps down from KNUT, pens heartwarming letter

By Collins Osanya On Fri, 30 Apr, 2021 11:43 | 2 mins read
John Matiang'i during a past function: photo: facebook
Editor's Review
    • Matiang'i first joined KNUT as as Executive Secretary, Borabu Branch in 2008
    • In his 13 years of service, the former educator said he never skipped work deliberately
    • The educator says he hasn't quit public service yet and promises to make a comeback

John Matiang’i, the brother to Interior CS Fred Matiang’i stepped down from the helm of public office after 13 years of service. 

In an elaborate resignation letter, John left his post as National Treasurer of the Kenya National Union of  Teachers (KNUT) on Thursday, April 29.

“In the 13 years I have worked with the KNUT since I first got 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,” John stated in his retirement letter.

John, a former educator, revealed that his years  in service of the teachers at the union were not easy but due to the solidarity among the unionist, he was able to find fulfillment in his job. 

“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,” part of the letter read. 

He further credited his family for the support they rendered him over the years noting, “with my family’s support, I’d like to announce my voluntary retirement as KNUT National Treasurer and pause this phase of my professional life. 

“I have already submitted my Early Retirement Letter to the National Executive Council through the Secretary-General, who has graciously received it.”

While admitting to have made personal sacrifices during his time in office, the educator revealed his plans after KNUT.

“I have made some personal sacrifices for which I feel I must now make recompense. Specifically, I’m 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.”

John further reiterated that his departure from KNUT didn’t mean he was exiting public service.

“To be clear, 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,” John stated. 

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