Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion was Monday blocked from accessing his Nairobi office by people he claimed were ‘goons hired by colleagues.
Sossion said that over 10 bouncers told him that they were under strict instructions not to let him access office, adding that he could only be blocked from the headquarters by new orders from the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
He told the press that he had complied with a court order that lifted his suspension ahead of an inter-parties hearing on May 10.
“I want Kenyan teachers to see the goons hired by my colleagues whom I have over the years helped get the positions they have now. They are not attached to any security firm and do not look like security personnel,” he said.
Sossion accused acting Chairman Wycliffe Omucheyi and acting Secretary General Hesbon Otieno for the wrangles bedeviling the union.
“I am not surprised, this is betrayal from within but I will not leave because only the teachers who voted for me have the power to remove me,” he charged.
However, he, dismissed claims that there has been at loggerheads with the union’s National Executive Council.
“Over140 delegates endorsed my service until 2021. Only a few individuals within NECare being used by the government, through the Teachers Service Commission, to fight me,” he claimed.
Sossion said he will seek court redress, adding that the position he took against delocalization of teachers through mass transfers was behind his tribulations.
Elsewhere, KNUT Nyeri branch has supported the suspension of Sossion.
The branch Executive Secretary Zachary Mathenge said Sossion’s continued stay in office had brought a conflict of interest, given his recent nomination to parliament that rendered him incapable of pushing for teachers’ interests.
He said the resolution reached by the National Executive Council to suspend him was in order since he had earlier agreed to quit his parliamentary appointment and concentrate on teachers affairs only to backtrack days later.
Mathenge said the embattled Secretary-General had demonstrated utter arrogance by refusing to vacate office yet he had already outlived his usefulness in the union while teachers continued suffering without a voice.
Speaking in his office Monday, Mathenge accused the top union official of playing the hardball with the government, which was the teachers’ employer, instead of creating avenues of negotiations in addressing issues affecting teachers including remuneration and arbitrary transfers.