The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has said embattled secretary general Wilson Sossion will be locked out of office despite a court order reinstating him on Monday
Sossion was removed from his position on Friday after weeks of acrimony that culminated in a National Executive Council meeting even as the court order barred it.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection had also deregistered Sossion.
Yesterday, acting secretary general Hesbon Otieno said the union will challenge the decision to reinstate Sossion.
“The union’s top organ passed a resolution and this ought to be respected. However, we will pursue this through a legal channel,” Otieno told the Star.
This came after Sossion had obtained a court order reinstating him as the Knut secretary general.
After he was removed last week, the meeting resolved to have his deputy Otieno take over in an acting capacity. The change was duly communicated to the Labour Ministry.
But the Labour and Employment Relations Court reinstated the embattled unionist just four days after the union’s supreme authority voted him out.
Speaking after obtaining the order, Sossion termed his removal from office a storm in a teacup.
He however said he held no grudges against those who took part in his removal.
“This is a country governed by the rule of law. The union should respect the court orders,” Sossion said on Monday.
The union offices in Nairobi remained closed on Monday but is expected to resume operations on Tuesday.
In removing Sossion from his post, the National Executive Council relied on a decision by the Teachers Service Commission to deregister him as a teacher.