At a press conference held at the headquarters of the Kenyan National Union of Teachers (KNUT), General Secretary Walter Sossion supported the right of university teachers to strike in the wake of attempts to declare their strike illegal. Sossion told reporters: "There is a trend that every time the workers demand their rights the government resorts to court order. Court orders will never solve the issues of strike in the country." 

KNUT itself was put under extreme pressure last , when fighting for the employment of more teachers, including the threatening with jail for the leaders of the strike and the sack for striking teachers. Now the government is trying the same tactics with university teachers, who are claiming that $450 million owed to them has been fraudulently diverted by vice chancellors.

Kenya is being told by the International Monetary Fund to reduce its public sector wage bill, even under conditions where teachers are paid so little that it is difficult for them to survive and where the country is short of 100,000 teachers at a conservative estimate. There is 40% unemployment in the country and 43% of the population is below the poverty line. Meanwhile the elite in Kenya, as well as international investors, are getting massive profits in the country, particularly through so-called land-grabbing, where land which is either public or has been used by farmers for centuries is stolen and sold to developers from places like Europe, for example to grow cash crops or bio-fuels.

Fast forward to 1:37  in this video  and you will see a business analyist, with no hint of irony, pontificating on the fact that public servants in Kenya are overpaid, in front of a repeated logo (presumably the tagline of his firm) 'Strike it Rich'. There couldn't be a clearer example of the two worlds in Kenya, and indeed most of the globe, the few who are enriching themselves to an unimaginable extent while the many such as school teachers and university lecturers struggle to lead useful lives even as they are further impoverished.