Let us accept. We.. And by we, I mean we, THE CURRENT LOT OF teachers, KNUT OFFICIALS and KNUT staff, have contributed in one way or another to the death of KNUT. We did this by accepting an ACTIVIST CALLED WILSON SOSSION TO LEAD US. Truth is, you cannot use an activist like say Okiya Omutata, or Bonface Mwangi or give them a 200 million a month, 1.6 billion a year organisation.
KNUT used to be a great union whose leadership had teachers interests at heart. Ambrose Adongo, Okuta, Katumanga, Majali.. They knew how to handle the government. They knew when to strike and when to lay back. A good trade unionist is like my papa Atwoli. Atwoli knows when to strike, he also knows when to woo the govt. Actually, Atwoli works with govt of the day.
Then, we teachers and KNUT delegated got duped. We accepted to be led by an activist and removed real trade unionist like Mudzo, Jecinter Ndegwa, Mungai Muhia, Dorothy Muthoni, Muna, John Wesonga.. etc.. who had experience of working with govt.. and we brought in an activist, an opposition leader, a political wannabe.. Hon Wilson sossion. SOSSION came with one weapon. Everybody is his enemy. He is the only one who is right. He used the power of the union to fight his personal battles and fears. But more so he used KNUT to fight government policies. Some of these policies had nothing to do with the labour rights of the teachers.
I will never forget, the night of April 2019,_when SG Sossion called me from the city of Liverpool in the Uk to organise and hype up teachers to boycott the NEW curriculum trainings organised by MOE. I pleaded with him to drop the idea. He refused to listen, he got Chungani and Namisi in Western who helped him mobilise teachers to boycott. Many were dismissed. Others have died etc for this very act which HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH LABOUR.
Sossion made himself the SG the chairman the NEC, the treasurer, the technical staff, the propaganda chief… and ignored everyone who tried to advise him otherwise. He would give the government ultimatums without giving any room for negotiations. It was either his way or the highway.
While working at the KNUT HQS, I realised that my friend and brother, Wilson was nothing more than a suicide bomber. He was on personal mission to die with KNUT. I just quit his company. I walked away.
His arrogance had destroyed a great union. He may go round blaming TSC for his woes but the truth is he is the one who has killed this union. The government had had enough of the children being used as HOSTAGES and shields whenever Sossion felt like hitting at Uhuru or Ruto.
We can only hope and pray that one day Sossion will leave and teachers can rebuild their union again from a scratch. But my personal feeling is that Sossion is on a mission to die with KNUT. The best would be what Nancy Macharia and TSC did. Get teachers out of KNUT, revoke the recognition agreement and assist other unions and associations like KUPPET, KUSNET, KEWOTA AND KEPSHA to grow. Meanwhile we must prevail on Atwoli to allow KEWOTA to become a union to represent all teachers in making of a CBA.