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Sossion ouster bid leaves Knut split

James Momanyi @jamomanyi

Leadership wrangles in Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) continued to deepen yesterday after the National Steering Committee (NSC) maintained that the suspension of Nominated MP Wilson Sossion as secretary general is still in force.

NSC stated so despite a spirited fight-back yesterday by the embattled unionist. Speaking at a Nairobi hotel, union acting chairperson Wycliffe Omucheyi and deputy secretary-general Hesborne Otieno said Sossion was lawfully suspended on Monday by the National Executive Committee (NEC) until his predicament is discussed in the next Annual Delegates Conference (ADC).

In the interim, the top organ of the union picked Otieno as the Acting secretary general to ensure the smooth running of affairs pending a decision of the ADC.

Not going anywhere But during the Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park, Sossion dismissed the move as inconsequential and said he is still the secretary general.

“I am the secretary-general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, duly elected by the teachers of Kenya,” he said. His stand was echoed by the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu), secretary-general Francis Atwoli, who said that teachers should be grateful to have Sossion represent their interests in the National Assembly.

“Sossion is representing the entire working fraternity. Let not teachers be used by politicians to fight him. Teachers are lucky to have a representative in Parliament.

Sossion we are with you,” he said. However, Omucheyi rubbished Atwoli’s sentiments saying Knut is not an affiliate of Cotu but rather the Trade Unions of Kenya (TUK), where, incidentally, Sossion is chairman.

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