Dock workers union elect officials amid rigging rumors

Dock workers union elect officials amid rigging rumors

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KPA workers at the Port of Mombasa headquarters. The workers on Tuesday conducted their polls to elect their union leaders. PHOTO/FILE

Mombasa, KENYA: The Dock Workers Union on Tuesday conducted polls to elect new leaders as a section of union members alleged the process was marred by rigging.

Among the top post in this poll include, the secretary general and the vice, national chairperson, the treasurer among other posts.

More than 5,000 workers cast their votes where incumbent secretary General Paul Sang is upbeat of retaining his position.

However, Sang is facing a big challenge from three opponents in his bid to secure the seat for a third term.

Sang’s opponents include; Katana Wara, the Kenya Ports Authority Pension Trustee, Bakari Bweta and former KPA Manager Abdalla Randani.

Speaking to Baraka FM at the Bandari College polling station, Kennedy Odhiambo one of the aspirants vying for the vice chairman, decried the delay.

“This process was scheduled to start around 6 am but we don’t understand why this is happening. You can see the clerks arrived as early as 5 am but nothing is happening.” He said.

Some of union members at the polling station termed the delay as a trick to rig the election, something which they vowed to resist.

This election comes at a time when the members have been complaining for the lack of proper leadership in the union.