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Nzili asks Sossion not to vie for his seat

01 October 2013, 13:18 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)  acting Secretary General, Mudzo Nzili, has asked the union chairman, Wilson Sossion, not to vie for the seat he is holding, if at all he has the interests of teachers at heart.

Nzili said the declaration of the outspoken chairman, Sossion, that he will vie for the vacant Secretary General seat, which was left vacant after the death of David Okuta, is bound to divide teachers in country.

“The sudden interest by my brother Sossion, who has done a good job as the chairman of our giant union, in the lesser seat of the Secretary General which I have been holding in acting capacity since July, took me by surprise,” said Nzili who observed that a battle between them during the December polls when the national delegates conference is held will cause unnecessary internal struggle in the union.

Nzili said they did a good job jointly with Sossion during the recent strike through working together, and it would not augur well if they clash because of the position.

"Many teachers in the country, who are waiting to confirm me as the Secretary General in December, for I did a good job, are a dismayed lot. The struggle for teachers in this country will only be won by unity," he said, adding quickly that the union has clear traditions and procedures on how the top union bosses rise to positions.

Nzili also sent out a passionate appeal to teachers in the country to judge him according to the potential he has shown during the short period he has served as acting Secretary.

Bungoma County Knut Executive Secretary, Kenneth Nganga, who flanked Nzili said that most members in the union would love to have the top two leaders at the helm of the union so they can continue fighting for their rights jointly, and asked Sossion to forego his ambition, for their sake.

"The duo of Sossion and Nzili exhibited a wonderful working relationship especially when they were thrust to the limelight during the recent teachers strike. We would like the working arrangement to continue so that teachers can benefit from their joint efforts," said Nganga who observed that the Chairman's interest in the Secretary General post is akin to demoting himself.

Nganga wondered what more Sossion needed, noting that the Chairman is the head of the union followed by the Secretary and their emoluments and benefits come in that perking order.

They made the remarks while speaking to journalists, during an election exercise at Kanduyi stadium in Bungoma to fill the vacant position of the Bungoma South Knut branch Deputy Executive Secretary that was left vacant after Kellam Wavomba resigned to contest for the Bungoma County Women representative position. Kennedy Luketelo emerged victories in the by-elections.

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