BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,7TH MAY 2018- Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary general Wilson Sossion was barred from entering the union’s offices on Monday after heavily-built men blocked him .The passers by were treated to a dramatic scene even as Sossion and his bodyguard tried in vein to get inside the offices.
The men who were standing at the building’s facade informed Sossion that they were under strict instructions not to allow him into the building.
“I am the elected and legitimate KNUT Secretary General and you cannot block me from accessing my work station,” said Sossion. His demands however fell on deaf ears as one of the men engaged him, explaining why he would not be allowed in. he declined to disclose who his instructor was and which security firm he was working for. “Kindly sir, we cannot allow you inside the building.
We have strict instructions not to and we shall not break it,” said one of the men.
Armed with a court order suspending his removal from office, Sossion confronted the men demanding to be allowed access into his office. The men however stayed put insisting that they could not go against the instructions.
The temporary court order issued by the Employments and Labour Relations court, states that Sossion is legitimately appointed secretary general and any authority prohibited from interfering with his performance pending a court hearing on May 10. The order also prohibits the respondents from registering, recognising or admitting any other person as secretary general to replace Sossion during the period. “This is the first time that I have been blocked out of these offices since 2013.
As I have always said, this is a large network which has always trying to interfere with the functioning of the union. Clearly, teachers across the country can see the uncivilized nature of activities going on around here,” he said.
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