NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) acting Secretary General Mudzo Nzili has reiterated that he will not back down in his quest to be elected the union’s spokesman at the Annual Delegates Conference slated for December.
Speaking to Capital FM News on Monday, Nzili pointed out that he will not bow down to pressure to give up the post to the current National Chairman Wilson Sossion.
Reacting to an ultimatum from a section of KNUT leaders who expressed support for Sossion and gave him a 48-hour ultimatum to stop his campaigns, Nzili stated that it was his democratic right to run for the post and teachers should be allowed to choose who should become Secretary General.
“Because democracy has its own challenges, and KNUT is a dynamic organisation, should my brother, the National Chairman decide to contest the post of the Secretary General, the delegates at the Annual Delegates Conference will sort us out,” he opined.
“The activity of voting by secret ballot at that time will end up giving the Kenyan teachers the Secretary General that they want,” he added.
Nzili also played down Sossion’s claims that he was gunning for the Secretary General’s post due to pressure from teachers and stated that he had not received his letter of resignation as chairman.
“Customarily that is how people with ambitions tend to allege that they are under pressure from people. However, the elections are by the delegates and they are teachers. The best people to decide how many are pushing who will be at the ballot,” he said.
He accused Sossion of playing cheap politics and stressed that he will not be dissuaded from his cause.
“We cannot just allege that we are under pressure from the teachers who are invisible. We have been to general meetings and we have talked to the teachers. Those are crafted allegations to suit a particular situation,” he stated.
“Who can give me 48 hours? What for and to join what camp and there is only one, the National Executive Council and it gave me in an acting capacity the position of Secretary General,” he emphasised.
While stating that he had not received a letter of resignation from Sossion, he urged him not to allow the vigorous campaigns to come in the way of his work as the current National Chairman.
“As to the threat that my brother vacated his seat, I am yet to get his letter resignation and the teachers of Kenya who gave him the authority to transact business as the National Chairman through their delegates have been surprised by the way in which he is relinquishing his post,” he indicated. Nevertheless, should that come to be true, they will know how to give their judgment.”
He stated that if elected, he will be dealing with the issues affecting teachers.
“The teachers still have a number of issues that should be taken with the respective authorities like the Teachers Service Commission. This is the time for us to move with speed so that issues related to the teachers’ terms and conditions of service are addressed,” he said.
“This is the time for us to address the suspension of promotions of the teachers by the Teachers Service Commission.”