Sossion has outlived his usefulness – Mungai.

 Thika KNUT Executive Secretary Joseph Mungai Ngige during an exclusive interview with Thika Town Today on Monday afternoon.

Thika Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Executive Secretary Joseph Mungai Ngige has fully supported the ouster of Secretary General Wilson Sossion by the National Executive Council (NEC) terming the move as long overdue.

Speaking exclusively to Thika Town Today on Tuesday, Mungai said that Sossion had already outlived his usefulness, terming the SG’s tenure as unfortunate and marked with unending wrangles even at the branch levels.

“I'm totally support his (Sossion’s) ouster since he seems to have outlived his usefulness. I join other Kenyan teachers in bidding him farewell and handing over teachers to his loyal but very humble deputy,” said Mungai.

Mungai described Sossion as a bully whose leadership style had hurt the education sector and did a great disservice to the children of Kenya.

In a decision taken by NEC on Monday, 22 members against two members voted in favour of a motion to have Sossion’s suspension, picking one of his two deputies, Hesbon Otieno, as the Acting Secretary-General to ensure the smooth running of affairs pending the introduction of a substantive agenda in a subsequent meeting to discuss Sossion’s conduct.

Sossion’s wars at the giant teachers’ union begun ahead of the 2017 Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) when then Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of East Africa, Labour and Social Protection, Phyllis Kandie, asked him alongside 10 other trade unionists to relinquish their positions following their election and nomination into public offices.

Sossion had been nominated to the National Assembly by the Orange Democratic Movement, a slot he accepted. Also asked to quit in the early December gazette notice was Kenya Union Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Chairperson Omboko Milemba who was elected and assumed office as Emuhaya Member of Parliament.

Sources in yesterday’s meeting indicate that Sossion unsuccessfully resisted attempts to introduce a motion against him constantly insisting that the NEC proceeded to discuss the agenda he had tabled.

He is alleged to have stormed out of the meeting after his attempts to be allowed to proceed to the advisory council venue failed. Some members indicated their desire to abstain and were allowed to exercise their right to choose.

The NEC meeting was attended by 33 out of 41 members. Among those who attended included KNUT Chairperson Wycliffe Omuchenyi, Deputy Secretary-General Collins Oyuu, Acting National Treasurer Muuo Ndiku, and Acting Vice National Treasurer, Dorothy Muthoni.

The acting Secretary General is set to advise on a date during which NEC will meet to discuss the fate of Sossion. 

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