Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Wilson Sossion has been ordered to vacate his position with immediate effect by Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie.
In a gazette notice published on Wednesday, Ms Kandie said Mr Sossion is among trade union officials who must leave office as they are now state officials by way of either nomination or election to Parliament.
Sossion was nominated to Parliament by ODM party after the August 8 general election.
“This notification to vacate office applies to all trade union officials holding either nominated or elective positions in any county assembly or Parliament,” Kandie said.
Kenya Union Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) chairman Omboko Milemba, who was elected the Emuhaya Member of Parliament, has also been directed to vacate his position in the union.
The gazette notice also affects Union of Kenya Civil Servants secretary general Tom Odege who was elected MP for Nyatike constituency.
Others are Bungoma woman representative Catherine Wambilianga, Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui (Kuppet Executive Secretary, Bomet Branch) and Richard Cheserem.
Florence Bore, John Mwamusi, Mulei Mwalowa, Stanley Kiptis and Edward Kahiga have also been ordered to vacate their respective positions.
Kandie’s directive is in line with Article 77 of the constitution which restricts full time state officers from holding alternative positions of gainful employment.