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Court puts brakes on Sossion suspension

George Kebaso and Nancy Gitonga @PeopleDailyKe

Under fire Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary general, Wilson Sossion yesterday insisted he is still the union’s spokesman despite Monday’s attempt to dislodge him.

Sossion dismissed attempts by some members of the giant union’s National Executive Council (NEC) to suspend him, insisting he is in office until the end of his tenure in 2021.

Armed with a court order issued on Wednesday at Milimani’s Employment and Labour Relations court, the ODM Nominated MP said those fighting to kick him out of office did not follow the due process.

“Any vote in the union requires a two-thirds majority decision. Otherwise, the attempts by those few disgruntled elements is mere wishful thinking,” he said. Sossion attributed his tribulations to a “sponsor” apparently high in government, and threatened to expose them if they don’t stop funding divisions in the union.

“I know you Mr Sponsor where you are by bankrolling individuals at the union to distabilise it. I will expose you soon if you don’t stop,” he said without giving names.

The orders were issued by Justice Maureen Onyango and call for order and discipline in the management of union affairs in all the 110 branches. Justice Onyango also issued an order prohibiting the teachers’ union from removing Sossion as the secretary general until the case is heard and determined.

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