Why Atwoli Wants Uhuru to Sack Some Cabinet Members

  • COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli during a past Labour Day celebration
    COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli during a past Labour Day celebration
  • The Central Organisation Trade Union (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, has reiterated his call to President Uhuru Kenyatta, urging him to sack some Cabinet Secretaries.

    Speaking at a hotel in Nairobi on Wednesday, October 13, Atwoli disclosed that he had a personal conversation with Uhuru on how detached his Cabinet was when it comes to working for the Kenyans who elected him.

    The labour boss accused a section of the Cabinet members of being joyriders and passengers who do not work nor execute the people’s will. 

    “I have friends in this Cabinet, even the President is my friend. But I always tell him that some of his people are passengers." 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta chairs a Cabinet meeting at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy in Manyani, Taita Taveta County on October 16, 2020

    “It is a big departure from Mzee Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki’s governments on responding to wananchi’s needs. That is the problem,” Atwoli stated. 

    Uhuru, on Wednesday, September 29, carried out a mini-reshuffle of his Cabinet, moving CS Monica Juma from the Ministry of Defence to the Energy. 

    Former Energy CS Charles Keter was replaced Eugene Wamalwa at the Devolution docket. Wamalwa was appointed the new Defence CS, replacing Monica Juma. 

    Atwoli spoke at a meeting held to address challenges Kenyans face while working in the Middle East countries. 

    He urged the government through the Ministry of Labour to suspend licenses of recruitment agencies taking Kenyans to Saudi Arabia where 89 Kenyan domestic workers were reported to have succumbed to heart related diseases. 

    “People are taken to Saudi Arabia and are sold to four or five families. People who hire these Kenyans are not employers, they are commoners in that country."

    “If you (Labour CS - Simon Chelugui) do not act, then understand that we - the labour movement - will force the change. Other countries deal with Saudi Arabia on the government-to-government approach,” he stated. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation in August 2020