Cotu boss Atwoli urges unions not to shy away from next year’s elections

Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli. [David Njaaga, Standard]

Cotu General Secretary Francis Atwoli yesterday called on the unions to take an active part in next year’s elections.

Atwoli said the unions should stand up to protect the nation from looters and leaders of questionable character interested in rising to political office to protect themselves from prosecution.

Unions have played a crucial role in the country’s political process for years.

Atwoli said union officials shouldn’t wait for corrupt leaders to be elected and later complain about poor governance.

He said unions have the means to mobilize their members and get them to vote for a person of integrity.

“Unionists have to wonder if the new president is someone who will boost the economy in the right direction. He or she must work to create employment opportunities for the growth of the economy, ”he said.

He added that everything was ready for the Kakamega Bukhungu 2 convention to be held on December 31st.

Atwoli said he had invited all the leaders from western Kenya, including the party leaders of the Amani National Congress (ANC), Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula from Ford Kenya and other leaders.

“We have to stop anyone who is a looter, we have to stop anyone who is a known thief. We have to stop every unscrupulous person, we have to stop everyone who has no benevolence for Kenyans, ”he said.

Atwoli also referred to those who devalued him on politics, adding that most developed countries had gained independence through trade unions.

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