In Summary
  • Knut was directed to seek further details on the matter from the Registrar of Trade Unions.
  • Mr Sossion said the issue will be presented to the 44-member National Executive Council (NEC) for directions.

Embattled Kenya National Union of Teachers chairman Mudzo Nzili on Tuesday got a lifeline after the Labour ministry stopped his ouster.

His deputy, Mr Samson Kaguma, was also allowed to continue serving until he attains the mandatory retirement age of 60.

The two had been granted six months mandatory terminal leave last week by secretary-general Wilson Sossion prior to their retirement in 2018.

Mr Kaguma will retire on April 2 and Mr Nzili on May 16 next year.

CONSTITUTION
In a letter to Mr Sossion dated November 14, Ms Hellen Apiyo, on behalf of the labour commissioner, said the ministry had received objections from the two, who said they are yet to reach the mandatory retirement age of 60 stipulated by the union’s constitution.

“In light of the above and having referred to article 18(c) of the union’s constitution, it would be unlawful to proceed with the planned by-elections scheduled for December 14, since the positions are not yet vacant,” the commissioner said.

Knut was directed to seek further details on the matter from the Registrar of Trade Unions.

Mr Wickliffe Omucheyi had been appointed on Sunday to replace Mr Nzili.

OBJECTION
Mr Sossion, who is in Mombasa for the union’s national executive meeting ahead of the annual delegates conference, criticised the decision.

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