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Rift in KNUT deepens as regional officials differ over candidates

25 October 2013, 17:28 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Rift among KNUT officials has deepened as regional leaders continue to express support for different candidates for the secretary general’s position ahead of December polls.

Acting national chairman, Wilson Sossion, and acting secretary general, Mudzo Nzili, have vibrantly shown interests in the seat.

Mudzo Nzili’s candidature on Friday received a boost after Nyeri executive secretary Mutahi Kahiga declared that teachers in the region are solidly behind him.

Mutahi said Nzili is the best suited person for the position.

Speaking during a press conference at the branch offices in Nyeri town, Mutahi, who was  accompanied by branch chairman Patrick Karinga, said that Nzili will work closely with the Jubilee government therefore represent the interests of teachers well.

Mutahi who has expressed interests in the national chairman’s seat said the union’s national positions should be filled according to the set tradition and customs.

“We are solidly behind Mudzo Nzili for the secretary general’s position since he showed his commitment to fight for teachers’ rights and interests during the last strike,” said Mutahi.

He further lashed out at Sossion over recent sentiments regarding the team's composition.

“Everything to do with Sossion is selfishly driven. He is claiming that he has a team that is nationally balanced but he cannot justify that,” Mutahi asserted.

Mutahi however exuded confidence that he will floor his closest rival, Samson Mwangi  Kaguma, since he has won support and blessings from Nyanza, Rift Valley, Nairobi and parts of Central Kenya.

“I will fight for teachers’ promotions since some have advanced in education but no promotions,” pledged Mutahi.

He urged Sossion to respect the union’s tradition and shelve his interests in the seat for the sake of unity.

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