Kicks and blows rock Knut Mombasa meeting

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BY KORIR JUMA,CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,14TH DEC 2017-It was every man for himself at  a teachers’ conference held in Mombasa on Thursday over the leadership of Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).

Things started changing at the meeting convened  at Wildwaters in Nyali after some delegates from central Kenya demanded  that KUNT secretary general Willson Sossion  to  resign.

The more than 500 teachers started by chanting and singing songs denouncing the nominated ODM MP..

“Let him go and work as an MP. He must relinquish the secretary-general position,” some were heard shouting.

Hell broke loose after the teachers stormed the meeting and disrupted it.

“One man, one job, want Sossion to resign,” the teachers chanted.

Sossion Defended

Amid the chaos, faction formed fast— with Rift Valley and western Kenya delegates defending Mr Sossion.

The meeting took a political angle after a section of Rift Valley delegates said they will defend their kin.

“We will protect Mr Sossion through thick and thin. We voted for President Uhuru Kenyatta but we won’t allow Jubilee to undermine our kin,” said a Bomet official.

A face-off and war of words, chants, cheers and jeers ensued.

the scene became nasty as they threw bottles, chairs at one another and, at some point, the confrontation degenerated into fist fights, with women taking cover.

Counter-accusations

The Rift Valley delegates accused their central Kenya counterparts of working with the government to wreck, divide and weaken the union.

Some waved placards denouncing Ms Kandie, accusing her of causing divisions in the union after she gazetted Mr Sossion’s name and that of 10 other trade union leaders.

Others called on Ms Kandie to resign.

Police had a difficult time bringing the meeting to order amid  chaos that saw chairs thrown and teachers scamper for safety.

On Wednesday  CS Kandie ordred all elected or appointed leaders who still chair other unions to resign with immediate effect as per the law.

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