Mr. Collins Oyuu, Secretary General of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), has expressed his views on how the president may have enhanced the formulation and public awareness of the Housing Fund project.
Oyuu says that President Ruto would have prioritized appropriate public participation.
According to Oyuu, if this had been done, the president would have had a better chance of getting people to contribute 3% of their income to the fund.
The Knut Sec. General expressed concerns about the government’s administration of the initiative, noting that details concerning the housing fund project had been made public without a defined approach.
President Ruto, his Cabinet Secretaries, and the chief secretaries had been actively advocating this fiercely opposed scheme during discussions on the housing fund in various meetings.
The government has somewhat shifted its goals since this plan’s concept was first put forth, changing this fund from being referred to as a tax to a levy. Additionally, it is now claimed that contributions are shifting from being required to being optional.
Additionally, the government has been reported as suggesting that the fund offered return options for anyone who decided not to buy a home after seven years.
Another suggestion is to increase the cap on contributions from the current 3 percent to Ksh2,500.
Oyuu recommended the necessity for thorough explanation and public participation, notably the problem of the housing levy, in order to encourage Knut teachers to participate in this fund initiative.
The secretary general argued in favour of an open conversation so that the parties involved may be informed about the levy and its effects and appropriately communicate this information to their members.
A variant term is used by the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET).
Kuppet claims that the housing project plan was fully rejected because the project’s members already had homes and didn’t require any more.