Summary

Sossion says he had sent his long term chairman Mudzo Nzili on a six month mandatory leave in line with the union’s constitution.

Nzili however dismissed Sossion saying he has no powers to send him on leave as he is no longer the custodian of such powers.

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KNUT Chair Mudzo Nzili and Secretary General Wilson Sossion. PHOTO: The Standard

A split is simmering at the Kenya National Union of Teachers over the resignation of national chairman Mudzo Nzili.

Nzili maintains that he is fully in charge of his office even as Secretary General Wilson Sossion said he had sent him on terminal leave pending his resignation in May next year.

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Sossion said on Sunday he had sent his long term chairman on a six month mandatory leave in line with the union’s constitution.

He said Nzili had accepted to leave office ahead of his May 16 resignation date and that second vice chairman Wycliffe Etole Omuchei would take over his position in the interim.

“Six months prior to the date of retirement, an officer is granted terminal leave pending retirement,” Sossion told journalists at a press conference at KNUT headquarters in Nairobi.

Nzili however dismissed Sossion saying he has no powers to send him on leave as he is no longer the custodian of such powers.

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He said Sossion forfeited those powers when he took the oath of office as ODM nominated MP on August 30.

“So, he has no powers under law to write me or any other official a retirement letter because he is now an MP,” Nzili said.

He spoke during an interview with KTN on Sunday.

“There are so many Knut officials who resigned immediately they joined parliament, but he (Sossion) has not.”

Nzili said the only person whose instructions he will obey regarding his resignation is the deputy Secretary General Hesbone Otieno.

He said his terminal leave is unprocedural and violates Knut’s hand – over tradition by senior leadership.