Atwoli Re-Elected Unopposed As COTU Boss

KEY POINTS:

  • Francis Atwoli has been re-elected unopposed as Secretary General Of COTU by Kenyan workers through their trade union representatives.
  • Through twitter, Atwoli has confirmed his re-election, promising to serve all workers diligently.
  • Reports had earlier stated that Atwoli was battling it out with Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary general Seth Panyako.

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Francis Atwoli has been re-elected unopposed as Secretary General Of COTU by Kenyan workers through their trade union representatives.

Through twitter, Atwoli has confirmed his re-election, promising to serve all workers diligently.

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“I want to THANK ALL KENYAN WORKERS for RE-ELECTING me UNOPPOSED, through their registered Trade Union Representatives, as the Secretary General of COTU . I promise to service you with all my mighty and strength and not betray the trust you have bestowed in me,” Atwoli wrote.

Reports had earlier stated that Atwoli was battling it out with Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary general Seth Panyako.

Panyako and a host of trade unions were accusing Atwoli of using unorthodox means to elbow rivals from the race and get a smooth ride back to the office.

Atwoli has served the union since 2001 when he took over from the late Joseph Joy Mugalla.

His current term is supposed to end on May 26. He was last reelected on May 26, 2016, for another five-year term.

Cotu was founded by Tom Mboya, who was its secretary general for 10 years from 1953 and was succeeded by Peter Kibisu in 1963.

On Tuesday, the KNUN boss wrote to Atwoli protesting what he termed his underhand dealings to lock out the nurses’ body from the polls.

Atwoli had in a letter dated April 1 claimed that KNUN is not listed among unions that have completed branch and national elections, thus unqualified to participate in the polls.

“As part of the requirements by Cotu constitution, we have obtained a letter from the labour commissioner’s office listing unions that have since met this requirement and KNUN is not listed to be among the unions whose elections have since been completed,” Atwoli said in the letter.

Panyako interpreted the move as attempts to bar him from contesting for the seat insisting KNUN had met all the requirements, including registering its new office with the Registrar of Trade Unions.

“We have noted with concern that you have addressed your letter to one Hellen Apiyo, Acting commissioner for labour inquiring on the status of the election instead of requesting the same from Registrar of Trade unions who is the custodian of the election records,” Panyako said in response to Atwoli.

But Atwoli has somehow, find his way back despite all the allegations.

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