Here is why Wilson Sossion will continue serving as KNUT Secretary General despite the court order to throw him out

Photo- KNUT Secretary General, Hon Wilson Sossion, at a past press interview. The giant teachers' Union has asked its members to boycott the training exercise on new curriculum implementation slated for April 22, 2019.

Wilson Sossion will continue serving as the Secretary General to the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT). This is despite a court ruling that upheld the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, plea to expunge Sossion’s name from the teachers’ list; since he is a nominated Member of Parliament.

Here is the presser by KNUT National Chairman Wycliff Omucheyi dated 26th July, 2019;

‘The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) for the sake of clarity would like to state that Hon. Wilson Sossion has not been removed from the position of Secretary General following the Employment and Labour Relations Court ruling, upholding TSC’s deregistration of Sossion as a teacher.

Hon. Sossion will continue serving as the Secretary General of KNUT following an agreement with TSC and the Registrar of Trade Unions.

TSC, the Registrar of Trade Unions and KNUT had earlier appeared before the Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge, Maureen Onyango and agreed that Hon. Sossion continues serving as the KNUT Secretary General. The tripartite agreement was deposited in the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

Therefore, the Friday court ruling by Justice Nelson Abuodha does not affect Hon. Sossion’s position at KNUT.

It should be noted that while Justice Abuodha was delivering the ruling,
he categorically stated that as far as TSC was concerned, the release of Hon. Sossion from active teaching was to enable him to focus more on KNUT activities which exclusively concerned teachers’ affairs.
It should also be understood that Article 31(4)(a) of the Labour Relations Act states that the General Secretary of a Trade Union or the Chief Executive or Association Secretary of an employers’ organization may be a person not engaged or employed in the sector concerned.

However, KNUT is scrutinizing the Court Ruling with a view of instituting an Appeal.
Therefore, it should NOT be misinterpreted that Hon. Sossion has ceased being the Secretary General of the giant teachers’ Union.
Furtherance to this, during the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC), delegates unanimously endorsed Hon. Sossion to continue serving as Nominated Member of Parliament and the same time remain the Secretary-General of Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).’

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