• NEC cites issuance of strike notices without resolution of relevant organs and sacking full-time employees without consulting them
• Sossion says only the annual delegates conference in December can remove him from office
A Labour court will on September 24 rule on whether Wilson Sossion should vacate office as secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers.
Employment and Labour Relations judge Hellen Wasilwa set the date after parties made their submissions.
Sossion’s rival Hesbon Otieno told the court that on August 29, Knut, through the meeting of National Executive Council members, expelled Sossion in accordance with the union's constitution. The resolution was made by all the 29 members at the meeting.
The court heard that NEC made the decision based on Sossion’s unbecoming conduct, citing issuance of strike notices without resolution of relevant organs and sacking and sending on compulsory leave of full-time employees without consulting NEC.
They also cited refusal to execute decisions of the council and unilaterally employing permanent staff without consulting with them.
Otieno also said that on August 28, Sossion alone purported to close the offices of Knut without consulting them, further paralysing the union’s operations.
“Sossion has proceeded with his illegal and malicious actions despite being procedurally suspended awaiting to be heard at the annual general delegates conference,” Otieno's affidavit reads.
He terms Sossion's actions as malicious, self-centred and having brought a lot of disruptions to the union. He wants the court to compel Sossion to officially hand over all the tools of power and keys of Knut offices.
But the secretary general argued that only the annual delegates conference in December can remove him from office.
The delegates will decide on allegations raised against him.
Edited by R.Wamochie