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National Assembly Sossion makes U-turn on Raila's offer

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He will shock many with his new twist

play KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion (Courtesy)

Despite an earlier stand that he had turned down an offer from ODM leader Raila Odinga as a nominated MP on grounds of inability, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion has confirmed that he will be taking oath in parliament.

Mr Sossion has disclosed that he is already logged at the National Assembly chambers to take the oath, which is ongoing.

“I am already at the chambers, ready to be sworn in,” he said as quoted by the Nation.

After being nominated, Mr Sossion publicly denounced the offer by ODM leader Raila Odinga on accounts that he had other engagements related to teacher’s interests in Africa.

READ: Here is why Sossion is at crossroads

Gazetment

In a gazette notice dated 25th August, 2017, the clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai has notified the public that Mr Sossion is a nominated ODM member of parliament to represent the workers’ interests.

Earlier, when he spoke in his home ground Bomet, Mr Sossion told off his party leader Raila Odinga to ‘give someone else the role, as he was busy fighting for the welfare of teachers among other international duties’.

“It is true that I was proposed for nomination. We are happy for the affirmation slot for workers but I propose that ODM nominates someone else,” Mr Sossion said earlier.

He added: “I take this early opportunity to thank my party leader Raila Odinga for picking me for the nomination list to Parliament, but I now want to urge him to withdraw me from the list and consider appointing another person because I have got other commitments to attend to.”

Conflicting interests

Mr Sossion’s decision to remain at Knut, where he controls a Sh1.5 billion annual budget, is expected to cool political differences at the union with his union leader Mr Mudzo Nzili.

He earlier divulged that the decision to exit a would be political career was as a result of his being appointed

Mr Sossion is currently planning a work boycott for teachers across the country for what he terms a massive violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by the employer, Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Speaking at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu on Friday where he launched a three day workshop for representatives of various unions of people with disability, Mr Sossion said they will paralyse all third term programs, including the supervision of the national exams.

"Let Dr Fred Matiang’i know that all his third term plans are in jeopardy because of TSC behaviour. We will paralyse everything even the national examination," Mr Sossion said.

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