The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Atwoli Not Doing Enough - Akumu

FORMER trade unionist Dennis Akumu has accused Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli of not addressing the plight of workers.

Akumu said workers suffer at their work places yet union leaders do nothing.

"Workers earn peanuts both in public and private sectors with Cotu leaders watching at a distance," he said.

Akumu said union leaders should not be in office if they cannot champion the welfare of workers.

"During my term, we could sit down with the employers and negotiate for better salary. But the current leaders are only championing their interest," he said. Akumu was speaking yesterday through phone at his rural home in Nyakach Sub County.

He criticised the government plan to retrench over 100,000 civil servants saying the move will increase the rate of unemployment in the country.

He expressed concern over the manner workers are being mistreated in the country and appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta Akumu to address workers plights.

The former Cotu boss also asked Kenyans to support devolution for better service delivery.

The trade unionist said devolution is best for the country to help in devolving resources to the grassroot and must be supported.

Akumu said the implementation of devolution is faced with numerous challenges that need collaboration between the leaders and Kenyans. He raised concern over lack of proper planning to help speed up devolution in the counties.

The unionist appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta regime to implement devolution as envisaged in the constitution.

"We want to see counties working well with the central government," he said.

The unionist urged the government to seal the loopholes derailing the implementation of devolution.

He said civil servants need to devolve in a structured way to avoid confusion as witnessed by the recent strike by the medical staff in the county.

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