Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – Central Organizations for Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General, Francis Atwoli, revealed the intimate phone call he made to Azimio Leader Raila Odinga before meeting President William Ruto at State House last Thursday.
Speaking at a funeral in Khwisero, Kakamega County, Atwoli stated that he explained to Raila that he had to meet Ruto for the sake of the workers that he represented.
He explained that standing by the former Prime Minister against the government would jeopardize his job and be at the expense of Kenyan workers.
“I explained to Raila that I have my own constituency which I represent and that I engaged in politics of representation where I support worker-related issues – but we did not get the presidency.”
“As an international labour leader, I went to those who got it so that they help me implement the international labour convention standards that I am recognized for globally,” Atwoli remarked.
The COTU boss revealed that among the topics discussed were the benefits of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to workers.
However, he hinted that his newly found relationship would stretch longer than Ruto’s five-year term.
“If that young man (Ruto) snatched the seat from us yet we had Uhuru Kenyatta, who was the government, what makes you think that he will not walk over us in 2027?” Atwoli posed.
In addition, he revealed that he and the head of state looked past the bitter exchange they had before the elections citing the kukata miti Sugoi and mzee wa nyororo slurs.
Atwoli downplayed accusations that he warmed up to Ruto for personal interests, adding that the meeting was held in broad daylight.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.