Several doors locked by KNUT secretary-general, Wilson Sossion, at the KNUT House in Nairobi were on Thursday morning broken down by the union’s decision-making brass, NEC, over claims that Sossion acted in bad faith by calling off an NEC meeting scheduled for August 29.
A spot-check by K24 Digital on Mfangano Street Thursday morning showed armed police deployed to the area to ensure calm reigns.
Several members of the National Executive Council, which comprises tens of representatives from different parts of Kenya, made their way to KNUT House to continue with the planned meeting, which was pushed back by Sossion.
The KNUT sec-gen later Wednesday obtained a court order suspending the meeting.
NEC members, however, vowed to convene and continue with the meeting, which, they said, its key aim was to push Sossion out.
Addressing journalists at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday, Sossion said his ouster bid is being engineered by TSC top officials, who want him out of KNUT.
Sossion revealed he had locked the doors of his office and convention hall at KNUT House, and, therefore, no meaningful meeting would take place.
“You are hearing there is a court order [barring this meeting], we are also hearing the same. When you look at the doors here, nothing shows that there is indeed a court order,” said one of the NEC members.
“There is a due process to be followed in serving people with court injunctions. That process wasn’t followed, when our meeting was cancelled,” added the NEC member.
“The doors were open by 8am because today is not a holiday. All people working here are paid by teachers, and today is a work-day.
“Sossion is a deregistered teacher. Therefore, there is no way he can purport to be championing our welfare as teachers, yet he is not a teacher recognised by TSC. This is an organisation for registered teachers.”
Another NEC member said the reason Sossion is not feeling the bite of their salaries being withheld by TSC for two months is because he (Sossion) has another job as an MP.
“He has a job. Most of us have not been paid for the last two months,” said the other NEC member.