Govt demand that Sossion relinquish KNUT leadership hangs over delegate meet

December 14, 2017 10:01 am
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The Labour CS Kandie has demanded that Sossion relinquish his union post/CFM

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – Calls for nominated Member of the National Assembly Wilson Sossion to relinquish his position as the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General is expected to play out on Thursday during the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) in Mombasa.

Sossion was among eleven trade unionists who were advised to relinquish their positions in their respective trade unions through a Gazette Notice by Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie.

Others in the notice are Stanley Kiptis, Catherine Wambilianga, Mulei Mwalowa, Florence Bore and Richard Cheserem.

During the meeting, outgoing Chairman Mudzo Nzili and his Deputy Samson Kaguma are expected to give their farewell message to teachers after they were sent on leave pending retirement.

On November 11, Sossion issued a directive in his capacity as KNUT Secretary General asking the union Chairperson Nzili and Vice Chairperson Kaguma to proceed on terminal leave ahead of their retirement on May 16 and April 2, 2017, respectively.

In the letter, Sossion argued that it was paramount that the two exited the union since the union’s Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) in which their replacements were to be picked was approaching.

He further directed that the matter be put to rest urging delegates preparing for the conference to focus on “critical issues” facing the membership of KNUT in pursuit of delivery of quality education.

Sossion’s move was resisted by the Commissioner of Labour in a letter dated November 14.

Reacting to the letter, Sossion said he will not accept any directives from State agencies insisting that he was only subject to decisions on the union organs.

Nzili and Sossion have denied engaging in power games even as different factions in KNUT appear to be pushing their separate agendas.

CS Kandie’s gazette notice coincides with KNUT’s ADC, the sixtieth since its inception.

It remains unclear whether Sossion will preside over the meeting with members opposing him having raised objections.

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