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Sossion, Milemba fired by TSC for joining politics.

Nominated MP and KNUT Secretary General Willson Sossion has been sacked by TSC and his name removed from the commission's payroll.

His Emuhaya counterpart and KUPPET chairman Omboko Milemba and Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui who serves as KUPPET'S assistant treasurer have also been axed

The Teachers Service Commission said the three are no longer teachers on grounds that they are now MPs.

In a sacking letter written TSC boss Nancy Macharia and signed by J.M. Maundu on January 15, 2018, TSC claims that Sossion aught to have officially resigned after he accepted his nomination as an MP.

"Regulation 187 (1) and (2) of the Code of Regulations for Teachers requires teachers released to trade unions to resign or retire from service once they opt to vie for political office," read part of the letter

It said, "It has been noted that you were nominated as a Member of Parliament yet the Commission has not received your resignation or retirement letter'.

Macharia in the letter said TSC had decided to terminate Sossion's services as a teacher with effect from January 15, 2018.

She said the commission took the move after Sossion defied a termination from the teaching service notice sent to him on December 14, 2017.

But Sossion in his response told the Star that TSC cannot purport to have sacked him when he is not a member of the commission.

'I have not been sacked, I left in 2001. I am not an employee of TSC. Ms Kandie tried it and failed,' Sossion told the Sunday Nation.

The MP said the only thing he is currently receiving is pension and nothing more.

According to him, union leaders are normally released by the Commission but retain their pension and, if they so wish to go back to teaching, can do so.

'I will continue to serve the union. This is politics. Knut is not a department of TSC,' He said.

Sossion has been at loggerheads with TSC and labour ministry with CS Kandie demanding that he relinquishes his KNUT leadership.

Kandie in December last year issued a gazette notice directing all union officials who had made it to political offices to vacate office.

But Sossion vowed he will not resign and succumb to the government's intimidation.

"I'm not relinquishing my position. I should go where? I'm here to stay" he said.

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