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KNUT Chairman Mudzo Nzili

The heat within the teachers union KNUT seems far from over.

Just a few days after the union’s secretary general Wilson Sossion retired the chairman Mudzo Nzili and appointed Omucheyi as the acting chair ahead of the by elections.

The Ministry of Labour has issued a warning to the teachers union against holding the by elections to replace chairman mudzo nzili saying it would be unlawful.

Sossion in a statement on Saturday said Nzili’s mandatory leave is in line with the law and has downplayed fears that this could be due to leadership wrangles.

A statement from the labor ministry said it has received letters of objection from Nzili, and the 1st Vice Chairman Samson Kaguma who both stated that they have not attained the mandatory retirement age.

The statement further goes on to read:

“In light of the above and having referred to Article 18 (c) of the union constitution it would be unlawful to proceed with the planned by-elections scheduled for 14th December 2017 since the positions are not yet vacant. For further details on this matter, you are advised to please contact the Registrar of Trade Unions.”

A procedural letter by Sossion asking Nzili to proceed on terminal leave pending retirement sparked a standoff that has ignited wars at the heart of the union.

Sossion and Nzili have previously been entangled in leadership wrangles of the giant teachers’ union which have occasionally led to the duo taking contradictory stands during teachers’ strikes.

The Knut boss clarified that Nzili’s exit plan was being executed in line with the Knut constitution which requires union officials to leave office upon attaining 60 years.

Nzili read mischief in what he described as a hurried move to push him out of the union.

“In light of the above and having referred to Article 18 (c) of the union constitution it would be unlawful to proceed with the planned by-elections scheduled for 14th December 2017 since the positions are not yet vacant. For further details on this matter, you are advised to please contact the Registrar of Trade Unions.”

 

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