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COTU boss Atwoli challenges critics over claims of overstaying in power

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary-general (SG) Francis Atwoli has denied claims by his critics that he has overstayed in the office challenging them to dig deep into the organisations’ history.

Through his social media platforms, the secretary-general stated that he was the only SG in the history of COTU who had never joined active politics.

Atwoli said that five of the six previous SGs were very active in politics and were in fact members of parliament, unlike him.

“True. Sad that many young people care little about history. Five of the six previous secretary generals of @COTU_K have been Members of Parliament. I have since opted not to join active politics but to influence policy and decision affecting workers by strengthening COTU (K),” he wrote.

All this comes a few days after Atwoli’s re-election as COTU’s SG to serve for another five-year term in office.

The unionist was re-elected unopposed on Friday, April 9, after his challenger Kenya National Union of Nurses’ secretary-general Seth Panyako pulled out.

He has been at the helm of COTU since 2001 when he succeeded the late Joseph Mugalla.

“I want to thank all Kenyan worker for re-electing me unopposed, through their registered Trade Union Representatives, as the Secretary-General of @COTU_K. I promise to service you with all my might and strength and not betray the trust you have bestowed in me,” he tweeted.

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