President Uhuru Kenyatta has given his strong stand on legislators who practice privately or serve in two positions despite having the sole responsibility of serving the Public to whom they should fully devote their energy and time.
For instance Uhuru said, “ A teacher can not have one foot in classroom and another in parliament” in this case referring to Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion who is also a nominated Member of Parliament.
The president spoke during the 56th Jamhuri day celebrations held at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
He said that legislators should give up private practice and devote their time to serve the public.
Sossion was in July this year deregistered as a teacher by the Teachers Service Commission citing that he cannot engage in teaching in any school because he is a nominated MP.
Sossion challenged the decision in court which ruled in his favour allowing him to continue serving as the union’s boss and as a nominated MP.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Maureen Onyango ruled that Sossion is nominated and not elected. Adding that he does not hold any constituency and will not therefore be unable to perform the two functions.
However with the new directive of the President that the Attorney General drafts a law to compel public officers to serve in two positions, the fate of the Sossion remains unknown.