Chaos as teachers fight over Sossion

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Chaos on Thursday erupted at a teachers’ conference in Mombasa over the leadership of the Kenya National Union of Teachers in Mombasa.

This is following a directive from Labour CS Phyllis Kandie that KNUT Secretary General and 10 other elected leaders relinquish their union seats.

The meeting at Wildwaters in Nyali started well on Thursday morning, with Mr Sossion telling off Ms Kandie.

He later addressed the meeting but trouble started after some delegates from central Kenya demanded his resignation.

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

Amid the chaos, factions 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.

They also threw bottles and chairs at one another and, at some point, the confrontation degenerated into fist fights, with women taking cover.

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

Others called on Ms Kandie to resign.

More than 40 armed police had a rough time quelling the chaos that saw chairs thrown and teachers scamper for safety.

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