Francis Atwoli has been re-elected as the Central Organization of Trade Unions, Kenya (COTU-K) Secretary General for the fifth term unopposed.
Atwoli was elected un opposed after his main challenger Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako boycotted the election.
The COTU election was held at the Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu County by the delegates from across the country. This means that Atwoli will now serve for another five years in the office as the COTU-Kenya’s Secretary General.
In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, April 9, 2021, the unionist expressed his gratitude to the Kenyan workers for electing him through their registered Trade Union Representatives.
“I promise to service you with all my might and strength and not betray the trust you have bestowed in me,” part of the statement read.
Previously, Atwoli and Panyako were embroiled in a fight over the COTU seat. The nurses union boss, who was also eyeing the seat, accused Atwoli of using unorthodox means to retain the seat.
Panyako had wanted the elections held after May 26, 2021, when Atwoli’s term would come to an end.
Atwoli who had previously served as the General Secretary of the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union and also in a Senior positions at the Union of Posts and Telecommunication Employees was first elected as COTU-K Secretary-General in 2001, taking over from the late Joseph Joy Mugalla.