Sossion Breaks Silence On Rumours of Appointment as TSC CEO
The claim that former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) leader Wilson Sossion has been appointed as the new TSC Chief Executive, which is circulating on social media, is untrue.
The allegation, widely disseminated on social media channels on November 17, said that Sossion had removed incumbent TSC CEO Nancy Macharia.
The assertion is false.
Since then, Sossion has issued a statement on his Twitter account, requesting that his followers disregard the widely disseminated message.
“My attention has been drawn to social media fake reporting that I have been appointed TSC CEO. This is not true. Teachers Service Commission CEO is appointed through competitive advertising when a vacancy arises. Please ignore such rumors,” he wrote.
The former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General revealed that the web reports regarding his appointment are false.
Sossion responded to Kenyans.co.ke’s inquiry about his selection to the commission with, “Fake stories. I am not aware.”
In addition, KNUT’s communications director, Peter Amunga, denied the web reports as inaccurate and misleading.
“Dr. Nancy Macharia still has a tenure of office,” Amunga indicated, adding that there is an elaborate constitutional process that has to be followed for the selection of a new TSC CEO.
In accordance with Section 8(1) of the TSC Act, whenever a vacancy occurs in the commission, a notice must be published in the Gazette and a selection panel must be constituted for the purpose of selecting qualified individuals for appointment.
Dr. Macharia’s second tenure at the leadership of the teachers’ employer began in July 2020, therefore she still has three years remaining in her second five-year term.
In addition to shortlisting and evaluating applicants, the selection committee submits the names of the most qualified individuals for appointment to the President.
“You cannot just appoint anyone to that office anytime you want to,” Amunga concluded.
Sossion is an ardent supporter of the Ruto administration, having defected from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which had nominated him to represent workers’ concerns in parliament.
In the 2022 elections, he unsuccessfully sought the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nomination for the Bomet Senatorial seat.
During Sossion’s tenure as KNUT secretary general, he was always in the crosshairs of the commission.
In 2019, the conflict between Sossion and TSC intensified after TSC deregistered him and prohibited him from teaching in Kenya.