Wilson Sossion bows down to pressure, resigns from KNUT
Wilson Sossion has, on Friday, June 24, resigned from his position as Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General.
“I have today decided that in the interest of KNUT continuity, its membership and myself I hereby today the 25th day of June 2021, bow out of KNUT leadership honourably.
“I shall remain loyal to KNUT and I will always be available to advise and support the leadership of the union. I trust that the government of Kenya as I exit will find it necessary to allow union dues to flow to KNUT again,” Sossion said in a statement at a press conference.
While announcing his resignation from the teachers’ union, the nominated Member of Parliament however thanked the body insisting that teachers have been going through trouble as the government watches.
“I would wish to restate that KNUT members deserve credit for the restrain and sobriety they have shown in the face of open provocation and frustration by the government.
“I salute all the members of KNUT including my colleagues in the leadership who have endured without salaries for two years,” he said.
“I salute the late Executive Secretary of KNUT, Narok branch who died at home because of lack of medical cover and I urge them (teachers) to remain resilient to the end,” he added.
Sossion was elected as the union’s Secretary-General in 2013 as part of a deal that had been negotiated by the union’s Advisory Council to avert a potentially explosive clash for the powerful position.
Mudzo Nzili who was holding the position in an acting capacity replaced Mr Sossion as chairman.
The post of secretary-general had fallen vacant following the death of Okuta Osiany. Xavier Nyamu who briefly stepped in on acting capacity had retired shortly after.