Blow to Sossion rivals as court reinstates him as union boss
Nancy Gitonga and Irene Githinji
It was a big win yesterday for embattled Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary-general Wilson Sossion after the Labour and Employment Court ordered he remains in office despite his ouster.
Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa ruled that Sossion’s ouster was against the law and ordered Knut officials to comply with earlier order reinstating Sossion as secretary general within two weeks.
Wasilwa said Knut’s National Executive Council (NEC) acted in contempt of court when it convened a meeting to oust Sossion.
Wasilwa also issued summons to union chairman Wycliffe Omuchenyi and Registrar of Trade Unions to appear in court on October 8 to show why they should not be held for contempt of court for disobeying the order reinstating Sossion as secretary-general.
Hesbon Otieno, who was Sossion’s deputy and was declared the secretary general on August 29, yesterday said the union will wait for NEC to proclaim itself on the matter.
In yet another matter pending in the same court, Justice Maureen Onyango is on Friday expected to make a ruling in a case that seeks to challenge whether Sossion can be both an MP and Knut boss.
The judge is expected to give the a verdict in the case filed by seven teachers.