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Why Knut officials want Sossion out – VIDEO

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The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) offices are heavily guarded by police officers to block officials from access.

The National Executive Council members had scheduled a Thursday meeting intent on removing the Secretary-General Wilson Sossion from office.

The executives forced their way into Knut House on Mfangano Street but were restrained by the police.

On Wednesday, Mr Sossion had moved to court and obtained an order stopping the meeting of the organisation’s top brass.

Why do teachers want Sossion out?

The officials are dissatisfied with how Mr Sossion has been handling the standoff with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), their employer.

They claim he operates as a lone ranger and does not represent their interests.

Meru Knut branch executive secretary, Caxton Miungi, says Mr Sossion is no longer a teacher after he was deregistered by the TSC.

“We are going to force him out of office today. He cannot continue serving as the Secretary General when the Teachers Service Commission has already deregistered him,” he said Thursday.

“We cannot allow him to continue being the SG yet teachers are suffering,” he added.

His Kisii South counterpart, Victor Ombasa, says Mr Sossion has been running Knut issues without consulting other national officials members.

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“Who has given him permission to close the Knut offices?” he posed.

Other issues the Knut officials accuse Mr Sossion of are:

The embattled Knut secretary-general blames the TSC for the ouster plot.

“I am not quitting office, those being used to incite teachers must know that I was legally elected and I cannot be removed through street demonstrations,” he said.

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Bravo! Kenyan named IMF Secretary

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has named a Kenyan as the Secretary of the Fund and Director of the Secretary’s Department.

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), announced on Wednesday her intention to name Mr. Ceda Ogada as the Secretary of the Fund and Director of the Secretary’s Department.

Mr. Ogada succeeds Mr. Jianhai Lin, whose retirement was announced previously. Mr. Ogada is expected to begin his work on September 1, 2020.

“Ceda has outstanding institutional knowledge, strategic and intellectual heft, and people leadership. His unparalleled ability to bring people together, combined with his profound appreciation of the Fund’s institutional history and legal principles, as well as strong service orientation, will help the Fund to even more effectively serve our member countries in a very challenging economic environment,” Ms. Georgieva stated.

Mr. Ogada joined the IMF’s Legal Department in 1999 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy General Counsel in 2014.

During the time, he has worked on virtually all aspects of the Fund’s work, including advising on the governance of the Fund, on country operations, helping to develop Fund policies and implementation guidance, and providing technical assistance to member countries.

Key projects that he has worked on include the Fund’s enhanced policy to address governance and corruption issues; ensuring the adequacy of the Fund’s lending resources; reforms in lending policy such as the establishment of the Flexible Credit Line (FCL) and the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT); reviews on surveillance policy and capacity development strategy; and transparency, archives, and communications policies.

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Mr. Ogada was heavily involved in the work on euro area crisis countries during the global financial crisis.

More recently, he has led the Legal Department’s work in promoting good governance and transparency in several countries, including with respect to the use of emergency financing for the COVID-19 crisis.

Before joining the Fund, Mr. Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as a legal expert, and before that he was in private legal practice in the United States.

He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.

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PHOTOS: Is Kenya’s Amina Mohamed going to clinch the WTO Director General’s post? See photos of her 7 competitors

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The following candidates have been nominated by their respective governments for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020.

The candidates are listed in the order the nominations were received.

9 June 2020

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Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria

9 June 2020

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Mr Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh

Egypt

16 June 2020

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Mr Tudor Ulianovschi

Moldova

24 June 2020

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Ms Yoo Myung-hee

Republic of Korea

7 July 2020

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Ms Amina C. Mohamed

Kenya

8 July 2020

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Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

8 July 2020

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Dr Liam Fox

United Kingdom

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Azziad lands TV deal set to be aired in nine TV stations simultaneously

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Tik Tok sensation Azziad Nasenya is set to host a new television show just three months after she became an internet sensation thanks to the viral ‘Utawezana Challenge’.

The 20-year-old actress and content creator will host an upcoming entertainment show dubbed Concert Nyumbani alongside media personality Mwaniki Mageria.

According to the show’s Directors, Eugene Mbugua and Enos Olik, the new show will be airing on nine TV stations simultaneously starting this Sunday at 2pm.

The new show will be aired on NTV, KTN, K24, KBC, Switch TV, Metropol TV, Y24, TV47, and PPP TV.

Concert Nyumbani is a musical show that has been put together to celebrate heroes who’ve emerged from the coronavirus pandemic.

“So proud to be a part of this history-making appreciation show of our Heros who go out of their way for others.. Frontline Responders, local exceptional community servers, we salute you! …. Make a date guys!! Sunday is coming,” said Mageria.

Mbugua said that he put together a team of some of the most talented people in Kenya to work on a documentary and musical show celebrating heroes who’ve emerged from the pandemic. This, he has done with the help of the Kenya Film Commission.

Azziad started acting in stage plays in high school before joining Hearts of Art theatre group, where she played many roles while pursuing a certificate in broadcast journalism at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

READ ALSO:   Revealed: Over half of candidates scored D and below in this year's KCSE

Azziad also announced that she will be hosting another show dubbed The Cook-Off alongside comedian Mulamwah.

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