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May 26, 2018

Sossion, Milemba fired by TSC for joining politics

KUPPET Chairman Omboko Milemba with KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion and his Chairman Mudzo Nzili  at a past event. FILE
KUPPET Chairman Omboko Milemba with KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion and his Chairman Mudzo Nzili at a past event. FILE

Nominated MP and KNUT Secretary General Willson Sossion has been sacked by TSC and his name removed from the commission's payroll.

His Emuhaya counterpart and KUPPET chairman Omboko Milemba and Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui who serves as KUPPET'S assistant treasurer have also been axed.

Read:Sossion, Omboko Milemba out as union officials, says Labour CS

The Teachers Service Commission said the three are no longer teachers on grounds that they are now MPs.

In a sacking letter written by TSC boss Nancy Macharia and signed by J.M. Maundu on January 15, 2018, TSC claims that Sossion should have officially resigned after he accepted his nomination as an MP.

"Regulation 187 (1) and (2) of the Code of Regulations for Teachers requires teachers released to trade unions to resign or retire from service once they opt to vie for political office," read part of the letter

It said, "It has been noted that you were nominated as a Member of Parliament yet the Commission has not received your resignation or retirement letter”.

Macharia in the letter said TSC had decided to terminate Sossion's services as a teacher with effect from January 15, 2018.

She said the commission took the move after Sossion defied a termination from the teaching service notice sent to him on December 14, 2017.

But Sossion in his response said that TSC cannot purport to have sacked him when he is not a member of the commission.

“I have not been sacked, I left in 2001. I am not an employee of TSC. Ms Kandie tried it and failed,” he said.

The MP said the only thing he is currently receiving is pension and nothing more.

According to him, union leaders are normally released by the Commission but retain their pension and they can go back to teaching if they they wish.

“I will continue to serve the union. This is politics. Knut is not a department of TSC,” Sossion said.

The Knut boss has been at loggerheads with TSC and the Labour ministry with CS Kandie demanding that he relinquishes his KNUT leadership.

Kandie in December last year issued a gazette notice directing all union officials who had joined politics to vacate office.

But Sossion vowed that he will not succumb to government intimidation and resign.

"I'm not relinquishing my position. I should go where? I'm here to stay" he said.

Read:I will not resign from KNUT, Sossion says in response to vacate notice

Also Read:Showdown looms in KNUT as Nzili demands Sossion’s resignation

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