Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) leadership wrangles intensified on Monday when the national executive council (NEC) ousted secretary-general Wilson Sossion, who immediately dismissed the decision.
Deputy secretary-general Hesborne Otieno was declared the new chief at a meeting held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development offices while Mr Sossion insisted he was the boss as no vote had taken place, saying the meeting aborted.
“We had a successful NEC meeting that was attended by 33 out of 41 members. 26 members voted for the removal of Mr Sossion while two supported him and the rest abstained,” said Mr Otieno when reached for comment.
Mr Sossion said the issue of his removal was introduced against the law.
After the NEC meeting, Mr Sossion presided over a Knut meeting of National Advisory Council, which approved his stay.
“NEC has no power over NAC which has 440 members in which four members are drawn from each of the 110 branches,” said Mr Sossion.
He insisted that the 60th annual delegate’s conference which was attended by 2,000 delegates in Mombasa allowed him to continue serving as Secretary General and ODM nominated MP.
“The work NEC is to implement resolutions of ADC and ADC was very clear that I hold the two positions since I represent workers in Parliament,” said Mr Sossion.
Members of NEC and ADC who attended the meeting shared similar sentiments but depending on which camp they are allied to.
Knut has close to 200,000 members and collects Sh1.6billion annually from the teachers as union dues.
The development now sets stage for another confrontation at the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Wednesday where Mr Sossion has insisted that he will lead the delegation to talk about teachers who have acquired higher academic qualification.
The meeting has been called by TSC.
Monday’s meeting was called by Mr Sossion in order to address the issue of delocalization which he said had affected 82 Knut branch officials.
It was also to agree on what the union was to discuss with TSC among others performance appraisal and teacher professional development programme which was launched by TSC.
Mr Sossion was deregistered by TSC in January after he was nominated to Parliament.