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Sossion is summoned by CID for alleged incitement

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary general Wilson Sossion has been ordered to appear before CID officers on Monday for questioning.

The Knut boss will be questioned for allegedly inciting teachers assigned to north eastern Kenya not to return to work over insecurity.

If Mr Sossion fails to present himself to CID Head of Investigations Mr Joseph Ngisa, he risks prosecution, warns the summons.

Mr Sossion had previously said he would not honour the summons insisting teachers should not return to work until the government assures of their security.

He has insisted on a meeting with security chiefs before the teachers can report to their work stations.

Some teachers assigned to schools in the North Eastern region have been spending nights in the boardroom of his office and later camping outside the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) offices during the day demanding to be transferred to safer areas.

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But TSC has turned down their request, insisting they must report to their respective schools or face disciplinary action.

Following the standoff, learning in schools in North Eastern Kenya has been paralysed. The area has witnessed a mass exodus of civil servants working in the health and education sectors, after two terrorist attacks last year left more than 60 people dead.

Twenty-eight people were shot dead in the first attack when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a Nairobi-bound bus. Most of those killed were teachers travelling home for Christmas.

Officials from the Knut and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers said teachers’ lives are more sacred than their jobs.

“It is only the Interior minister not TSC or Minister for Education who should assure the affected teachers of their security. He must tell them what mechanisms have been put in place to guarantee them of their security before asking them to resume duty in northeastern Kenya,” Mr Akello Missori, the Kuppet National Secretary-General said.