I won’t leave Knut-Sossion
Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion has said he will not resign from his post of to the Kenya National Union of Teachers following a gazette notice ordering him to vacate.Recruitment by Kenya Airways
This is after Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie listed the ODM nominated MP among others in a notice to vacate their positions immediately. The labour CS directed 11 trade unionists, among them two governors, several MPs and Members of County Assemblies to resign, a move that attracted condemnation from the affected leaders.
Despite some of the leaders having resigned after the August elections, Ms Kandie went ahead to list them, with speculation rife that the target is the combative Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion, who is also an ODM nominated MP.Read Also:Presidential Speech in 54th Kenya’s Jamuhuri Day celebrations
Others who were asked to leave were KUPPET chairman Omboko Milemba was also asked to leave. He won the Emuhaya MP seat in the August 8 general election.
According to Kandie, the notification to vacate office hit all trade union officials holding either nominated or elective positions in any county assembly or Parliament.See Also:Another blow in Nyeri as MCA collapses,dies during Jamuhuri Day celebrations
Sossion however turned down the order long before the commencement of Knut’s 60th Annual Delegates Conference in Mombasa saying Kenya Nations Union of Teachers is not government property to be dictated.He added that he was not ready to succumb to the government’s intimidation as he termed the move to be political.
On Thursday,Mr Sossion warned the Labour ministry and the government against interfering with trade union matters, accusing Ms Kandie of playing politics in a bid to split and weaken the giant teachers union.
“I’m not relinquishing my position. I’m here to stay.This is a trade union not a government entity ” he said.
Knut acting Chairman Wycliffe Omucheni called teachers to remain united saying they will not be divided by the government.Government Jobs in Lamu
A section of disgruntled delegates from the Coast however asked Mr Sossion to resign as Knut boss.The delegates, who are aligned with former Mudzo Nzili, former Knut chairman who was forced on leave, said they would push until Mr Sossion vacates office as ordered on the notice
Sossion is opposed to implementation of new curriculum – 2-6-6-3 – saying it is a “tragedy in a making”.He said the state will not provide text books directly to schools saying this might be a ” mega scandal in the offing”.
He said schools sharing ground will not have their boards dissolved and averred that Teachers Service Comission will not succeed in its substantive appointment.
Article 77 of the constitution restricts full time state officers from holding alternative positions of gainful employment.
The gazette notice also affects Union of Kenya Civil Servants secretary general Tom Odege who was elected MP for Nyatike constituency.See Also:Save,rescue,empower…Faraja kids need your help!