Mr Wycliffe Etole Omucheyi has been chosen as the interim national chairman of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), replacing Mudzo Nzili. Mr Omucheyi was selected on Sunday to the public by Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion at the union’s headquarter in Nairobi County. Mr Nzili will retire on May 16 while his deputy Samson Kaguma will retire on April 2 next year. They have both been granted six months compulsory terminal leave preceding their retirement.
Mr Sossion portrayed the new chairman as a man with vast experience in trade union matters, having been the chairman of the Vihiga Knut branch for many years.“This is a man who served at national executive committee for many years and the best school for national leaders is NEC,” he said.
The new chairman sits on the Special Committee of Education International that is organizing resolutions on teacher training and professionalism, which will be discussed in Thailand in 2019. Mr Sossion asked delegates to validate Mr Omucheyi as the chairman in December in Mombasa County during their 60th Annual Delegates’ Conference.
“I have no speck of hesitation that delegates will have confidence in him and validate him as chairman. He will be in charge of the ADC,” said Mr Sossion. Mr Omucheyi asked delegates to validate him saying he has the skill to take the union forward.
“I am alive to the fact that the tasks that are ahead are huge. I hope that I will fit into the big shoes of Mr. Nzili and with the support of all teachers and leaders, I will serve teachers assiduously,” he said. He cherished Mr Nzili for mentoring him. Mr Omucheyi first joined the Knut leadership in 1992 when he was elected an official of Emuhaya in Vihiga County.
In 1996, he was elected as a branch official and served for three terms then he was elected as executive secretary. He also served as a NEC member.In July 2010, he was elected second vice-chairman of the union.
“I was taught that if you are vice you should always lay law [and] be a student to your senior leaders. I have worked diligently under Mr Nzili with the support of Mr Sossion and I promise to steer the union forward, so help me God,” Mr Omucheyi said.