Former Secretary-General of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and former Nominated Member of Parliament representing workers’ interests in Kenya’s National Assembly, Wilson Sossion, has announced the passing of his mother, Ruth Chepng’eno Sossion.
In a statement shared on X (formerly Twitter), Sossion revealed that his mother collapsed at home and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Tenwek Mission Hospital.
“It is with deep shock and sorrow that we announce the passing on to glory of our beloved mother, Ruth Chepng’eno Sossion. She collapsed at home and was pronounced dead on arrival at Tenwek Hospital. May she Rest In Eternal Peace,” Sossion stated.
Following her death, leaders across the political divide including those from Bomet where Sossion hails from sent their condolence messages.
“Heartfelt condolence to you and your family,” former Bomet East MP Bernard Bett said in a statement.
Sossion, well-known for his active involvement in Kenyan politics and education, served as the Secretary-General of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) from 2013 to 2017.
He was later nominated as a Member of Parliament by the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) in 2017.
A teacher by profession, Sossion began his career as a tutor at Tenwek High School in 1983.
He would later ascend to the pinnacle of education trade unions in 2013 when he was elected as KNUT Secretary General.
The former nominated MP has worked closely with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in the past which nominated him to Parliament.
In the lead-up to the 2022 elections, he switched his allegiance and pledged loyalty to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA). He made an unsuccessful attempt to secure the party’s nomination ticket to contest for the Bomet County Senatorial seat.
Additionally, the politician was appointed to serve as the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Tourism. However, his appointment faced a legal challenge, resulting in a court order declaring the position unconstitutional.