Kenya National Union of Teachers is headed to elections next year and a Kericho branch Secretary Stanley Mutai has made known his intentions to face off with the Secretary General Wilson Sossion.
Mutai is purporting that he will restore glory that the union enjoyed after independence but Sossion tainted when he joined politics and changed tact to please handshake partners, President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
The Knut Kericho branch secretary who describes Sossion as the worst secretary general ever also accused the SG of turning the union into an enemy of its members.
“Knut has become an enemy of all stakeholders in the education sector. And this is not the way to go. We need each other for the bright future as far as education matters are concerned. Sossion is the worst secretary general… So it is high time he is replaced by an able leader who is none other than me,” Mutai stated.
He added that the current SG is a dictator who forces his decisions on teachers without consulting the national steering committee or national executive council members.
KNUT has lost its members under the non-consultative reign of Sossion whose leadership has made the union unable to pay secretaries in its 110 branches which are facing a possible shut down.
“We wonder why Sossion is offering his candidature in next year’s elections yet he has failed to deliver,” he posed.
Mutai joined the union in 199 also accused Sossion of being being the strained relationship that knut has with the Teachers’ Service Commission.
The talkative secretary who also doubles up as KNUT’s national executive council member for Rift Valley further accused Sossion of turning the union into a moribund that is no longer fight for teachers but incubating his political dreams.
He became Kericho Secretary was in 2001, five years after joining NEC.
Critics point that Sossion who was once ‘lethal’ was neutralized after the ODM Party nominated him into parliament then ended in the same political bed with government.
Sossion has also had wrangles with a section of the union’s leadership that has in past orchestrated his ouster where he survived through a court order.
But Mutai who will still be defending his branch position before going for Sossion’s seat already enjoying the support of his Sotik counterpart Mathias Langat who will also defend his branch position in the January 2021 elections.