ODM Nominated Member of Parliament Wilson Sossion dismissed reports that his party leader Raila Odinga forced him to step down from his role at the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).
Speaking during an interview on NTV on July 6, the former Knut Chairman said Odinga is his party leader and they did not discuss his duties at the teachers union.
Sossion added that the former Prime Minister is a democratic leader who understands that members of his party have other duties and he does not interfere in them.
"My party leader is a leader of the party I am a member of and we only discuss political issues and workers issues in Parliament. Raila can not do that he is a democratic person and he respects that," the former KNUT chairperson stated.
He asserted that it was his decision to step down from KNUT adding that the government was opposed to his leadership.
"The government in the National Security Council from 2017 stated that the labour movement would be the sector that will bring opposition to the government and KNUT was aimed at in these changes," he stated.
Sossion, on Friday, June 25, announced that he had bowed to pressure and demands by teachers and would be resigning from his role just days before the union's elections.
He held the press conference at Windsor Golf Hotel, Nairobi. His family and friends were present at the event.
"I bow out of KNUT as the Secretary-General. I shall remain loyal to KNUT and will always be available to advise and support the leadership of the union," he stated.
"As I exit, I hope the government will support teachers. I am making this appeal. I trust that the government will find it necessary to allow the union money to flow to the teachers," he added.
Sossion had served as Secretary-General since 2016 and had already started plans for KNUT national elections.
In 2017, ODM nominated Sossion to represent teachers' interests in Parliament.