Kuppet cautions feuding teachers’ union leaders

Enock Amukhale and James Wakahiu @PeopleDailyKe

Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) National Chairman Omboko Milemba has cautioned Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) leaders against wrangles in the union leaders, saying it will bring down the giant union.

Milemba said the union leaders should be aware that there are intruders who are fuelling the wrangles in the union with the aim of destabilising it. He asked the leaders to seat down and look into better ways of solving their conflict instead of engaging into battles that may bring down the union.

Speaking in Emuhaya during the issuance of CDF bursary funds to bright students from needy families, he said it is the teachers who will suffer not the leaders if Knut comes down tumbling.

“I urge Knut leaders to look into better ways of solving their leadership wrangles instead of engaging in wrangles. The enemies of teachers’ unions have grabbed an opportunity and are busy fuelling war in Knut. It is the teachers who will suffer if the giant teachers’ union collapses,” said Milemba.

He said Kuppet also faced tough battles which lasted almost 10 years, but they managed to end the disputes through proper dialogue. He said teachers should remain extra vigilant on the external forces, which have trained their guns on the Unions.

Milemba was reacting to a move by Knut’s National Executive Council (NEC) to oust Secretary-general Wilson Sossion who has since dismissed the decision, insisting he is still the boss.

Sossion is challenging his suspension as Knut secretary general in court. Among those who attended the NEC meeting that allegedly ousted Sossion were Knut chairman, Wycliffe Omuchenyi, Deputy Secretary-General Collins Oyuu, Acting National Treasurer Muuo Ndiku, and Acting Vice National Treasurer, Dorothy Muthoni.

Meanwhile, Thika Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Executive Secretary Joseph Mungai Ngige has supported Session’s ouster, terming the move as long overdue.

Speaking in Thika Town, Mungai said Sossion had already outlived his usefulness, terming the SG’s tenure has been marked with unending wrangles even at the branch levels. “His abrasive leadership style has hurt the education sector,” he said.

Sossion’s wars at the giant teachers’ union began ahead of the 2017 Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) when the then Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of East Africa, Labour and Social Protection, Phyllis Kandie, asked him alongside 10 other trade unionists, to relinquish their positions following their election and nomination into public offices.

Sossion was nominated as MP by the Orange Democratic Movement. Also asked to quit in the early December gazette notice was Kuppet chairman Milemba, who was elected as Emuhaya MP.

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