COTU Sec-Gen Francis Atwoli Hosts 30 MPs in His Mansion

  • Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli addresses a gathering.
    Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli addresses a gathering.
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  • The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli on Friday, May 29, hosted 30 Members of Parliament (MPs), three governors, senators and a Cabinet Secretary at his Kajiado home. 

    The leaders who started arriving at Atwoli's home at around 11 am, are all from the Westen Region and had convened to discuss the political future of the region ahead of the elections in 2022 elections.

    While addressing the media, the politicians asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga to help initiate development projects in the region.

    "We have issued our proposals of the industries that we would like looked at including the granite in Vihiga," Cleophas Malala, who was speaking on behalf of the press stated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with COTU boss Francis Atwoli at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, during Labour Day celebrations on May 1, 2017
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with COTU boss Francis Atwoli at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, during Labour Day celebrations on May 1, 2017
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    The politicians also requested to get more leadership positions in the re-alignment of the National Assembly and the senate.

    "The leaders have chosen Emmanuel Wangwe, the MP Navakholo to represent leaders in the National Assembly, while I should be allowed to represent the leaders in the senate," Malala added.

    Governors from the Western region including; Wilber Otichilo (Vihiga), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma) were in attendance.

    The only governor from the region who skipped the meeting was Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.

    Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya Leader Moses Wetangula did not also show up for the meeting.

    At the same time, the group will also be celebrating Tongeren MP Eseli Simiyu's election new elevation to Deputy Minority Whip in the national assembly.

    During the meeting, the politicians are said to have observed measures set aside by the government to combat the coronavirus disease including social distancing and wearing of masks.

    Atwoli was repeatedly jeered for scolding Luhya political kingpins, Mudavadi and Wetangula.

    ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi speaks during the 15th Memorial Service of the late Vice President Kijana Wamalwa in Kitale on August 23, 2018.
    ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi speaks during the 15th Memorial Service of the late Vice President Kijana Wamalwa in Kitale on August 23, 2018.
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