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Atwoli’s weekend meeting with Raila and Uhuru allies sparks debate

Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) secretary-general Francis Atwoli over the weekend met President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s allies in a meeting that has left many people talking.

In a statement shared yesterday 18, April 2021, Atwoli met the five leaders at his Kajiado home in what he termed as a political consultative meeting.

Among those who attended the meeting at Atwoli’s Ildamat Home in Kajiado include Junet Mohammed, David Murathe, Peter Kenneth, James Orengo, and Hon Raphael Tuju.

Junet is the Suna East legislator who also co-chairs the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Secretariat, while David Murathe is the Jubilee Party Vice-chairman and a close ally of President Kenyatta.

James Orengo is the Siaya Senator, the Minority Leader, and also a close ally of Raila Odinga while Raphael Tuju is the Secretary-general for the Jubilee Party and a close ally of the President Kenyatta.

The meeting came just days after Deputy President William Ruto lay bare their differences with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta on Citizen TV.

Dr. Ruto lamented that President Kenyatta has since changed his style of leadership thereby consulting the opposition leader instead.

“The style changed and it is the prerogative of the President being the boss…Because of the change of style, priorities changed. Big 4 Agenda slowed down. My space was taken up by other people. It became urgent to change the constitution,” said Ruto.

“The President has broken no law…he has chosen a different style and it is his prerogative…My advice, when sought, has been forthright and honest. If the President decides to elevate other people, consult more with the former leader of Opposition, I have taken it with grace. You have not heard me complain.”

The meeting also comes at a time when both houses are set to convene a special sitting to discuss the BBI report, which precedes a possible referendum.

Following the meeting, a number of Kenyans criticized the leader’s lack of concern to the commonfolk during these hard economic times.

“Was just chilling then boom my leader posted something positive,” stated a Twitter user in response to a post shared by Senator Orengo.

“From the combination, I am sure that everything in this country politically is planned, and therefore no confusion come next year,” added another.

“I also want to visit you and consult on matters job security among youth during this pandemic…which is your convenient day sir?” asked one Kenyan.

“I can see all the Kenyans that matter have been vaccinated against Covid-19,” added another.

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