The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: COTU Cartel Opposed

Several trade unions yesterday defended Cotu boss Francis Atwoli against a section of politicians who are claiming he is plotting a nationwide strike to condemn the Supreme Court verdict that upheld the election of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya Union of Commercial Food and Allied Workers(KUCFAW) deputy national chairman Alhaj Abdullah Kiptanui said Atwoli was first top trade unionist in the country to praise Uhuru Kenyatta as president elect.

Speaking on behalf of other trade unions,KUDHEIHA,KLGWU and KUPRIPUPA,Kiptanui described Atwoli as intelligent and most respected trade unionist in the world.

Atwoli,Kiptanui said is not foolish to go engaging workers in controversies with a new government the way a political cartel would want.

"It would be in bad faith for a such a cartel to mouth Atwoli that he was plotting to call a nationwide trike from all COTU affiliated trade unions to condemn Supreme court judges for dismissing Prime minister Raila Odinga petition to challenge Uhuru election as country 4th president",Kiptanui said.

The whole world and even Kenyans themselves,Kiptanui said witnessed Atwoli go public on local media praising Uhuru for being elected the president alongside his deputy president William Ruto.

While addressing pressmen in Kericho town,Kiptanui called on Jubilee government to appoint a cabinet secretary(Minister)who understands workers problem and not one who will be compromised by employers to oppress them.

Kiptanui said Uhuru and Ruto are young leaders who know and understand problems facing workers at local industries and that they would not sit back and watch the same workers being oppressed by employers.

Going by past records when Uhuru and Ruto were cabinet ministers its was p[roved that the two are workers who are capable of improving the country's economy for better. END

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