Sossion opens up
According to Sossion, the government wants him out so that they can bring up weak leaders who cannot challenge the Jubilee government on bad policies or negotiate on behalf of workers.
He said since 2015 when he led teachers to a national strike to demand a 50-60 per cent salary increase, the government has been looking at ways of taming him.
Last week, Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie directed Mr Sossion together with 10 other trade unionists who were elected to various positions during the August 8 election to quit leadership positions in unions so that they can concentrate on politics.
The move was seen as an elaborate plan by the government to kick out Sossion from the Knut leadership since the union was holding its 60th annual General Delegates Conference in Mombasa.
Speaking to the Sunday Nation, Sossion asked Kenyans to remain firm, saying the labour movement in the country is under attack from the government that wants to silence everybody.
“We have seen attacks that have been directed at civil society organisations, the media has also been under attack. The Judiciary has not been spared either, religious organisations have ceased to be part of institutions of advancement of social justice and democracy. Parliament is now under the control of the Executive, last existing institution that is still free is labour movement and that is why the government is fighting us,” said Mr Sossion.
The nominated MP accused three senior government officers at Ministry of Labour and Harambee House of working with Knut officials from Central region to cause havoc in the union.
He added that his firm stand on the rights of teachers is the source of all his problems.
He claimed that a meeting to plan on how to disrupt the annual delegates’ conference in Mombasa took place last week. However, he declined to name participants.