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Politics splits dock workers union leadership

Dock Workers Union secretary-general Simon Sang addresses a meeting at the KPA Mbaraki Grounds in Mombasa recently. photo | kevin odit | nmg
Dock Workers Union secretary-general Simon Sang addresses a meeting at the KPA Mbaraki Grounds in Mombasa recently. photo | kevin odit | nmg  

The prolonged national electoral politics is causing disquiet at the giant Dock Workers Union (DWU) as the two top officials continue to pull in different directions, delaying the annual general meeting.

Secretary-general Simon Sang who supports the ruling Jubilee coalition is embroiled in a battle for the control of the 4,800-member union with chairman Mohamed Sheria who had reportedly entered a pre-August 8 poll pact with the opposition.

Insiders, however, say politics may be a smokescreen for a more insidious battle for the control of Sh4.6 million monthly membership contributions made by Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Ferry Services workers.

“The spat started when the treasurer called for forensic audit of the union funds leading to suspension of some senior officials,” said Mr Mohamed Mwinyi Chilembi, who is a member.