The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is grieving the loss of John Wesonga, the union’s Second Vice Chairperson. Wesonga passed away on Thursday at 1 am while undergoing treatment at Nairobi West Hospital. He had been battling colon cancer for some time, according to KNUT Secretary-General Collins Oyuu. The news of Wesonga’s demise has saddened the teaching fraternity, and condolences have poured in from various unions and associations.
John Wesonga: A Respected Trade Unionist
Wesonga, a respected trade unionist, had a notable career within KNUT. He previously served as the Executive Secretary of the Butere/Mumias Branch, where he made significant contributions. Following the split of the Mumias Branch into two, Wesonga took over as the head of the Mumias Branch.
His dedication and commitment to the union’s cause earned him respect among his colleagues and the broader teaching community.
John Wesonga’s Contributions to KNUT and Education Sector
Wesonga’s service extended beyond his role as Branch Executive Secretary. He also held the position of Provincial Secretary of the Western Provincial Council, where he played a crucial role in advancing the interests of teachers in the region.
In June 2021, Wesonga was elected as the Second Vice National Chairman of KNUT, a testament to his leadership qualities and the trust placed in him by his peers.
Solidarity and Support
During Wesonga’s illness, KNUT staff showed unwavering support, standing by him in his time of need. Secretary-General Collins Oyuu expressed his gratitude to the staff and emphasized the importance of maintaining a strong sense of brotherhood within the union.
The solidarity demonstrated by the staff during Wesonga’s hospitalization reflects the values of unity and support that KNUT upholds.
Condolences and Remembrances For John Wesonga
Messages of condolences have poured in from various teachers’ unions and associations, including the Teachers Service Commission. The loss of a dedicated leader like Wesonga has left a void within the teaching community.
Colleagues remember him as a trade unionist who tirelessly fought for the rights and welfare of teachers. His contributions to the education sector will be remembered and cherished.
The passing of John Wesonga, the Second Vice Chairperson of KNUT, has brought immense sadness to the teaching fraternity. Wesonga’s remarkable career as a trade unionist and his dedication to serving teachers will be remembered with gratitude.
As the teaching community mourns his loss, they also reflect on the importance of unity and support within the union. John Wesonga’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of teachers and trade unionists in their fight for better working conditions and the rights of educators.