Kenya Opposition Begins Impeachment Motion Over Teachers’ Strike

Kenya’s opposition Orange Democratic Movement submitted a motion in parliament to impeach President Uhuru Kenyatta over his handling of a teachers strike.

“I’ve submitted a motion to impeach the president,” ODM Chairman John Mbadi told supporters at a rally in the capital, Nairobi.

Kenyan teachers have been on strike since Aug. 31 over the government’s refusal to raise their wages. The country’s Industrial Court awarded teachers pay increases of as much as 60 percent last month, a ruling that the government has appealed in the Supreme Court.

To succeed, the impeachment motion would require a two-thirds majority vote in the National Assembly, where Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee Alliance holds 167 of the 349 seats.

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