The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General, Wilson Sossion, has made a U-turn and is asking the ODM party to remove his name from the list of nominees submitted to Parliament.
The vocal unionist dismissed the nomination by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party, saying he has much commitments at the Union and would therefore be difficult to also serve as a parliamentarian.
Sossion who had asked parties to nominate him so he could push for teachers’ interests in the National Assembly, before the Orange party responded positively, confirmed he had changed his mind during the inauguration of the new Baringo County Governor Stanley Kiptis on Monday, August 21.
“I was proposed for nomination on an ODM ticket to represent workers but I ask my party leader to give the chance to another person so that I can engage in more commitments to the Union,” he said as quoted by the Nation.
The Sossion-led KNUT had signed an agreement with the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, and endorsed his presidency.
Sossion had asked union members to vote for the former Prime Minister in the presidential race during the signing ceremony of the MoU on Friday, August 4. The call was however rejected by some chapters including the Rift Valley.
ODM party had attempted to sneak in fallen Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto’s name in the nomination list.
Isaac Ruto was defeated by Jubilee’s Joyce Laboso, and had reportedly personally requested to be sent to Parliament as one of ODM’s nominated MPs, but the proposal was met with resistance.
A section of the Raila’s political outfit said that doing so would be an injustice to those already nominated but Ruto can now breath easy after Sossion’s decision.
Should Ruto somehow find himself in Parliament, he will be given the role of leader of minority