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Sossion News: BY THE STANDARD: Sixty-two branch executive secretaries from across the country and 19 members of the National Executive Council (NEC) met in Nairobi and formed a committee to oversee Sossion’s removal in the next high-level meeting scheduled for Thursday next week.

Those plotting to topple Sossion – who has been struck off the register of teachers by the Teachers Service Commission – are relying on Knut’s constitution that states that union members must be registered teachers, certified, licensed or authorised to teach.

“Persons eligible for membership of the union shall be only those who are or have been regularly and normally engaged as a teacher,” reads the constitution.

Officials demanded that Sossion must voluntarily quit the union ahead of the next NEC meeting or face ejection.

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It was also resolved that Sossion must stop speaking on behalf of teachers because he is no longer a registered teacher.

This development puts pressure on Sossion who was blocked from attending a national education curriculum conference officiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta last weekend.

Sossion did not attend yesterday’s meeting that was held away from Knut head office as he was on an official meeting with the National Assembly Labour Committee.

When contacted, he said he was not aware of the deliberations.

“I am in Mombasa and I do not know what you are talking about,” Sossion told The Standard when asked about the meeting and its agenda. Sossion has previously faulted the de-registration process, terming it flawed. “There is a laid-down process of de-registering a teacher and I don’t think that is what happened,” he said last week.

TSC struck off Sossion’s name from the Teachers’ Roll, arguing that he breached the Teachers Code of Conduct and Ethics that requires teachers to maintain political neutrality at all times and not act in a manner that may compromise, or be perceived to compromise, their neutrality.

Sossion was nominated to the National Assembly by the Orange Democratic Movement to represent workers. Sossion News.

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