By Amunga Peter.
COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli got another five-year term to lead the vibrant Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) as the secretary-general after he was re-elected unopposed.
Atwoli was elected unopposed after it emerged that his only would-be challenger, Kenya National Union of Nurses boss Seth Panyako, failed the qualification threshold to run for the seat.
The main reason why Atwoli will remain the workers boss is because he is the brainchild of BUILDING BRIDGES INITIATIVE.
Sg Atwoli has made it clear that BBI is meant to cushion workers and the Kenyan economy from POLITICAL shocks and violence that comes every ELECTIONEERING period.
The position Francis has, he has held it for the last 20 years, which proves the confidence workers have in him.
In the trade union circles, he is a fighter for the rights of workers while in his Mulembe backyard, he is an elder and a kingmaker.
The latest move puts him at the centre of 2022 politics which he has been vocal about, with utterances to the effect that he is privy to the upcoming political realignments.
While addressing workers across the country immediately after his reelection, Atwoli turned to politics and told Kenyan politicians opposed to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that the union firmly supported the process and would not allow some leaders to scuttle it.
The COTU boss told Kenyans passionate about the much-hyped national unity to rally behind President Kenyatta and Raila to push for a new constitutional order.
“If we want Kenya to move forward, if we want Kenya to be peaceful, prosperous and cohesive, then we must uphold the proposals contained in the BBI,” said Atwoli.
By Amunga Peter