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Vacate office after deregistration, Sossion urged


Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)  executive secretary Mt. Elgon branch Stephen Chemonges has demanded the current Secretary General KNUT Wilson Sossion steps

Speaking at his office at Kapsokwony in Mt. Elgon Sub County on Monday, Chemonges said that Sossion is no longer a registered teacher and therefore has no right to involve in matters concerning them.

“I want to advise the embattled secretary general to leave the KNUT office honourably and contunue serving as a member of parliament,” he said.

This follows a court ruling by the employment and labour relations court on July 26, 2019 which upheld deregistration of Sossion by the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC).

However, Chemonges applauded Sossion for his great service to teachers, adding that his job was always commendable.

On the other hand, he noted that Sossion is currently a liability to KNUT since he cannot be regarded as a legitimate member.

The executive secretary suggested that the current KNUT deputy Secretary General Hesbon Otieno should now take over from Sossion so that the union can
continue with its functions.

Chemonges expressed his disappointment over the fact that the union is currently dealing with Sossion’s matter amidst wrangles with TSC.

He called upon TSC to respect teachers who are their subjects because they play a very important role in the society.

The branch executive secretary condemned the act by TSC to prepare different payrolls for KNUT members and non-members.

Chemonges noted that such a situation has never been experienced before and therefore TSC should cease the practice immediately.

Concerning the discussions about moving TSC to the ministry of Education, he said that TSC should remain as an independent commission.

Chemonges concluded by urging TSC to increase the number of primary school teachers in their next employment exercise so that they can assist in the implementation of the competency based curriculum which requires more labour.

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