By Wellington Andega.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General, Wilson Sossion led union top brass to storm out of a burial ceremony for Nandi Central branch boss, Sylvester Taalam held in the county recently.
The event that attracted union leaders from Mombasa to Kisumu donning green T- shirts and shirts striped with KNUT colours was from the word go a union show of solidarity until religious leaders stamped their authority.
However, Nandi County KNUT boss, Stephen Misoi was not amused by the intervention, saying the priest must show decorum. “He just can’t order the faithful to start singing thereby interrupting the speech of a respectable leader like [Wilson] Sossion,” the pissed off official said.
“You can’t just shut us down like that,” protested KNUT National Chairman, MudzoNzili, adding: “Taalam was a union leader and we’re here to give him a befitting send off.”
Nzili who could not be calmed down urged Sossion and all union officials present to leave in protest at the church’s “misdemeanour”. Sossion obliged and as he left so did all other union leaders.
“This is disgusting, it is uncouth, and cannot be condoned,” said Kuppet Nandi County boss, Paul Rotich, adding: “The priest should have politely told union leaders to shorten their speeches.”