The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) fraternity has been thrown into mourning following the death of John Wesonga.
The union Secretary-General Collins Oyuu said Wesonga passed on at 1 am on Thursday at Nairobi West Hospital while undergoing treatment.
Oyuu said Wesonga was diagnosed with colon cancer and had been battling the disease for a while.
“John Wesonga will be remembered as a great Trade unionist when he served as the Executive Secretary of KNUT in the larger Butere/Mumias Branch before taking over Mumias Branch after it was split into two," Oyuu said.
Oyuu thanked staff who tirelessly stood with the union official when he was hospitalized saying that is the kind of brotherhood that should be upheld.
"On behalf of the National Steering, the National Executive Council, I convey our heartfelt message of condolences at this trying time."
Until his death, Wesonga was serving as the second vice National chairman of KNUT.
He also served as the Provincial Secretary of the then-Western Provincial Council before he became an NEC member.
He was eventually elected to the position of the second Vice National chairman where he served until his death.
Messages of condolences from other teachers unions and associations streamed in including the Teachers Service Commission CEO Dr Nancy Macharia.
Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) Chairperson Kahi Indimuli and Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (KEPSHA) chair Johnson Nzioka also mourned the trade unionist.