Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has been deregistered from the list of teachers by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), saying that he is a politician.
Mr. Sossion was removed from the list of teachers following a ruling by the Labour Court that the commission had a right to kick him out.
Justice Abuodha ruled that Sossion be deregistered saying that his nomination for a political post makes his party to political activities which are unacceptable.
“The respondent (TSC) has proved that the petitioner’s association and acceptance of the nomination by ODM as a Member of Parliament were against what the commission stands for,” he said.
According to the TSC, Sossion was responsible for the paralysis of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) training in 11 centers on April 23, 2019.
Teachers in Siaya, Kakamega, Kisii, Nyamira, Bungoma, Kajiado, Machakos, Garissa, Vihiga and Kwale reportedly failed to avail themselves for the CBC training.
Sossion, however, dismissed the move by the TSC as inconsequential and said it won’t change anything as according to Article 34 (A) of the Labour Relations Act, the termination of his contract did not affect his rights as a union official.
“This TSC dismissal has no effect on me. I am not going anywhere and I will not cede my position as the secretary-general of KNUT,” he said.
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) led by its Secretary-General Francis Atwoli also supported Sossion saying that the TSC was just out to intimidate him.
“TSC should stop intimidating Mr. Sossion. I support his decision to retain his position as a KNUT official as well as his position as a nominated MP,” said Atwoli.
Apart from Sossion, also served with a letter of termination of the contract by TSC was Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Chairman Omboko Milemba, who was elected as a Member of Parliament of Emuhaya Constituency.