Keiyo Knut secretary opposes Sossion’s ouster

Keiyo teachers have opposed a move by Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) National Executive Council to suspend Secretary General Wilson Sossion.

Recently, a Nairobi Court temporarily stopped the replacement of Sossion after he was suspended by the NEC.

Keiyo Knut executive secretary Musa Busienei said on that NEC’s decision to suspend Sossion was ill intended.

The NDC, Busienei said, resolved that Sossion will remain Knut SG and nominated MP.

“The Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) is the union’s supreme organ and its decisions are binding. How then can NEC go against an ADC resolution?” Busienei questioned.

He faulted the NEC’s decision, claiming the council was being used to divide and eventually weaken Knut.

“Our NEC should go back to the drawing board. They can’t play around with teachers’ solidarity. Let them not run our national office in a questionable manner,” he said.

Keiyo Knut executive secretary Musa Busienei speaks in Iten on April 2017.  PHOTO/Kipkorir Rutto.

The unionist said the wrangles at Knut national office prevented talks on promotion of 30,000 primary school teachers who have acquired university degrees, and have been denied promotions by the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC).

“We are happy to have Sossion as our SG and as an MP. Some teachers should stop their one man, one job campaign against Sossion. Even some lawyers are MPs yet no one is asking them to stop practicing law because they have become legislators,” Busienei said.

Busienei said the suspension was malicious, noting that the NEC meeting that okayed the move comprised of 27 out of 42 members, one member short of the requisite quorum to make an important decision in the union.

Sossion moved to the Employment and Labour and Relations Court through lawyer James Orengo after he was suspended.

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