By Christabel Airo
90 out of 100 Kenya National Union of Teachers branch secretaries have written to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Labour Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui seeking assistance in ejecting Secretary General Wilson Sossion from office.
The officials want Sossion barred from running for office in the elections that will be held from January 4 to March 31 in 2021.
Through a letter, the officials accuse Sossion of suppressing the union laws and making decisions without consultations.
“The act denies him the right and democratic viability to represent workers who don’t share an employer with him anymore,” the officials noted.
They also argued that Sossion was deregistered as a teacher by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and is thus unfit to hold any KNUT office.
“The act denies him the right and democratic viability to represent workers who don’t share an employer with him anymore,” they lamented.
The juniors want Labour CS to intervene and aid the union in managing its affairs – from finance to human resources.
Sossion played cagey with the fresh ouster plan and urged the officials to voice their issues after the union conducts its elections in 2021.
“Anyone with issues should wait for the elections,” he stated on Tuesday, December 15.
This comes a week after Sossion slammed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) over a circular that discouraged teachers from engaging in politics.
The circular was issued to the TSC Headquarters, Directors, Regional Directors, County and Sub-county Directors, Principals of Colleges and high schools, head teachers and commission employees.
It detailed the information alluding that any employee who is currently holding a political office or engages in politics will be up for disciplinary action terming it a violation of the law.
In October 2019, Sossion managed to stay in power after his juniors attempted to oust him in a botched plan.
He announced the postponement of the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) was the only forum where he could be voted out of office.
Sossion added that the union was not prepared to hold the ADC and that all other meetings that would have risen from the ADC were also postponed.