KNUT Vihiga branch throw weight behind Sossion
14 October 2013, 13:09
Vihiga - Teachers allied to the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) in Vihiga County have thrown their weight behind the election of Wilson Sossion as the union's secretary general in the upcoming December elections.
During the branch’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday, the County executive secretary, Nathaniel Shibira, said that they will not waver on whom to support, as they had unanimously agreed to back Sossion, as a County.
“We want Mudzo Nzili to swallow his pride and accept the position of deputy secretary general which we will give him wholeheartedly, as he waits for his chance to be the secretary general, if it will ever come,” Shibira said.
The teachers said that there was nothing like traditions in the union’s elections where certain positions are preserved for certain blocks, as they have only been practicing regional balance over the years.
They expressed their disgust with the ambitious Nzili saying that he should respect the decision by Sossion to be the union’s leader as he has proven in the past to be a person who can deliver.
“We know that Sossion will offer teachers quality leadership which we are in dire need of since the departure of David Okuta (former secretary general who is deceased),” Dick Kisivuli, the Vihiga sub County branch executive secretary, said.
He added that the teachers from the region will reward Sossion for his dedication towards the welfare of teachers over the years.
Shibira claimed that Nzili is a Jubilee government project which is meant to divide the mega teachers’ union for unknown reasons.
“We do not have tribes amongst teachers for one to tell us that we should vote according to certain blocks. Our only tribe is a teacher and we are contended with that,” he said.
During the AGM, Violet Bagada was elected as the new Women Representative in the Vihiga branch to fill the vacancy left by Dorcas Kedogo who resigned to contest for position of Vihiga Women Representative in the general elections, which she won.
The teachers also asked the government to release money for the free education in secondary schools to enable principals to purchase equipment in preparation for the national examinations.
They noted that the 20 percent slot that is supposed to be released by the government for the third term had not been released so far, forcing principals to send students home for funds.
“The education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi, should prioritise the important things in the education sector first, like providing head teachers with the necessary funds for use,” said Shibira.
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