In Summary
  • The NEC decided to call for a different meeting on August 27 after realising that Mr Sossion had obtained a court order stopping an earlier scheduled meeting.
  • Mr Otieno took over the position in an acting capacity, awaiting his validation during the annual delegates conference scheduled for December 1 in Kakamega.

The newly-appointed Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) officials on Sunday said they will not go back on their decision to suspend embattled Secretary-General Wilson Sossion.

Led by Secretary-General Hesbon Otieno, they said the union is focused on championing teachers issues, and was preparing to meet with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) anytime from Monday to resolve all outstanding issues.

“The National Executive Council (NEC) pronounced itself on the union’s leadership and we are not turning back … We have already written a letter to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) requesting for a consultative meeting so that our teachers can benefit,” he said.

“We do not want to engage in sideshows. The meeting that we held last week was legal and was requested by the national steering committee and teachers from across the country,” he added.

LAWSUIT

The events that have been unfolding over the last three months have seen divisions within Knut’s top leadership, which culminated in Mr Sossion being isolated and finally deregistered by the registrar of trade unions on Thursday.

Mr Otieno took over the position in an acting capacity, awaiting his validation during the annual delegates conference scheduled for December 1 in Kakamega.

He said the union does not expect any negative outcome since they did not disobey any court order.

The NEC decided to call for a different meeting on August 27 after realising that Mr Sossion had obtained a court order stopping an earlier scheduled meeting.

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