Infighting has intensified in Dock Workers Union after an annual general meeting meant to remove general secretary Simon Sang aborted.
The camp led by union chairman Mohammed Sheria failed to mobilise enough employees to pass a vote of no confidence on the embattled GS on September 26 2019.
And last week, the High Court further dealt a blow to Sheria and group when it stopped the intended privatisation of Kenya Ports Authority’s second container terminal otherwise known as CT2.
The court instead agreed with Sang and other petitioners that the privatisation was irregular and did not follow due process of law.
The intended removal of Sang from union leadership was reportedly hinged on his stiff opposition to the takeover of CT2 by private operators.
Sang claims the move to give away the multibillion shillings CT2 to MSC and KNSL would have seen loss of thousands of jobs by dock union members.
The outcome of the case has given Sang a new lease of life with Sheria and his union officials being seen as sellouts.
Sang and supporters are reported to be pursuing a criminal case against Sheria over claims workers signatures were allegedly forged to purport attendance in the aborted union AGM at Bandari Maritime Academy – formerly Bandari College.
Meanwhile, one of the brokers who had been heavily bankrolled to convince the petitioners to drop the court case opposing privatisation of CT2 nearly commited suicide.
The man who had also been promised a lucrative job at the CT2 had together with nine others been promised a whopping Sh100 million “thank you” gift if the case flopped, sources pointed out last week.
And apart from hunting for some of the petitioners to bribe them, the broker who is a former university lecturer also engaged in a propaganda campaign claiming the petitioners who included a lobby known as Taireni Association of Mijikenda were enemies of Coast progress.
The anti-Sang group were scheming to install his deputy Anthony Otieno as their new SG terming Sang as a lone ranger who should not purport to be acting on behalf of the dock workers since he had completely failed.
Other officials who have ganged up against Sang are national treasurer Joseph Makero, national vice chairman Gunda Kaneno and gender representative Zuhura Idd.
The group vowed that they are fully behind Uhuru Kenyatta government and therefore the idea by Sang to oppose government’s plan to privatise the port was unwelcomed.
They pointed out that Sang was not committed to transparency with regards to the union accounts, but the troubled secretary general who turned filth rich overnight after he assumed the position, countered that he was being fought a few money hungry officials.
But in a quick rejoinder Makero dismissed Sang’s claim revealing for the first time that Sang has never been happy with him since he insisted on a forensic audit from the date he took over as the union’s treasurer.