BY AMUNGA PETER.
Teachers Service commision does not have any monopoly to control trade unions. If it had, then the MP for Emuhaya, my bro Omboko Milemba will not be the chair of KUPPET.
The case about Sossion, being KNUT SG and being a nominated member of parliament is neither here or there. He is not the first nor the last.
The noise you see about Sossion is fear from his rivals and from govt agents who are hell bent to fight all strong unions in Kenya. TSC has been known to manufacture, spread and publicise unfounded fears among teachers to socialize them out of KNUT and thus effectively making teachers keep off National building. As I write this, a majority of primary school teachers are unionless, thanks to the bad, tribal, corrupt leadership at TSC.
Doctors, Lecturers, Engineers, Lawyers and even Scientists participate in politics, get elected and still continue with their professional call. The sg for Civil servants Union, bro Tom Odege is a member of parliament. Nobody bothers him.
In KNUT, historical and factual evidence give proof that a teacher, not actively engaged in class work has a right to participate in politics and continue serving as a Unionist.
The current competitors are not in any way special or incapacitated in a manner that they can be treated differently from our past experiences.
A teacher gave these examples of KNUT leaders who resigned from TSC and still continued to lead union.
The former Knut National Chairman retired at 55 years of age, processed his benefits from TSC but sought the mandate of Delegates and continued to serve teachers until he retired from the Union at 60.
2. Bro Mutisya
It should be remembered that Mutisya not only resigned from TSC but also went ahead to contest for a Parliamentary seat, albeit unsuccessfully, but still served teachers until he retired as Knut National Treasurer.
3. Bro Mutambu
Bro Mutambu retired from TSC and contested for Parliamentary Election in Mwingi.
His service as a Unionist ended when he turned 60.
4. Bro Okuta Osiany
I know most of you will be surprised that the Giant Unionist of all time served as a Secretary General years after retiring from TSC but went ahead to sign agreements with the same employer for the benefit of teachers.
This is the only Secretary General whose return to work formula, as calling off of a teachers’ strike was conducted, happened at the basement of Knut Hqs with Waziri Mutula Kilonzo.
- This phenomenon didn’t and doesn’t end with the servants at The Steering alone.
Long serving and one of the most powerful Executive Secretaries of Knut, Bro Ohonde of Siaya, contested severally for a Parliamentary seat while serving teachers until his term ended with retirement from Knut.
Another powerful Executive Secretary from the larger South Nyanza, Bro Onyango Alila, contested to become the MP for Ndhiwa Constituency and gave career politicians a run for their money.
By that time, he had a comfortable Office at The Great Tom Mboya Mansion in Homabay.
*Another phenomenon in teaching is that as long as a teacher is not DEREGISTERED, he/she remains a teacher for life.
Many of you may not be aware that when North Eastern Kenya faced a cute shortage of teachers resulting from terrorism, the government recalled retirees to fill the gap.
TUKUTANE KWA DEBE
Whoever is desperately looking for trivialities to boost his campaign for this election is either himself ignorant, has contacted clueless bloggers or both.
In both cases, it’s the panic of a monkey sliding to its death.
Sossion will be on the ballot. He has no competition. Collins Oyuu who is on the ballot, also left TSC eons ago to become a matatu manamba in Bondo town and is no match to Sossion for sg post.