Atwoli Threatens to Curse Senator Malala Over Stadium Spat

  • COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli during a past Labour Day celebration
    COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli during a past Labour Day celebration
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  • The Central Organization for Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, on Monday, December 27, hit back at Kakamega Senator, Cleophas Malala, over the access to Bukhungu Stadium.

    Malala had claimed that he would lock out the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party leader, Raila Odinga, and his contingent from holding a rally at the Bukhungu Stadium on December 31.

    Speaking during an inspection of the stadium on Monday, Atwoli dared the Senator to block the political meeting from happening.

    The COTU boss slammed Malala for punching above his weight igniting a feud with the ODM party leader, stating that he was the one who made him Senator in the first place.

    COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli
    An undated image of COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli addressing the press.
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    "This young man, whom I made him the Senator, tell him to stop being erratic. The other day I saw him alleging that I don't  give people jobs, yet I gave him the job as Senator.

    "...and when somebody gives you something, he can as well take it back. Go and tell him he is a young man and should slow down because when I curse him, he will be a nobody," stated Atwoli.

    Atwoli claimed that the Kakamega Senator had been paid to cause mayhem during the rally. He, however, revealed that he would ensure that security is beefed up not only around the stadium but the entire county as well during the event.

    "I have gone out of my way to ensure that the security in Kakamega on December 31, is security that no man or woman has ever seen," he reiterated.

    On December 26, Malala announced that he would only allow the leader of opposition access into Bukhungu after receiving a green light from the Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader, Musalia Mudavadi.

    The vocal Senator accused the ODM faction of using the rally as an avenue of using a section of leaders from Western to endorse his presidential bid in Mudavadi's backyard, one he deems as disrespect.

    This recent push and pull between supporters of the former political allies under the recently dissolved Nasa adds on to the strained relationship between them. Mudavadi has insisted on his push for the country's top seat under newly formed One Kenya Alliance (OKA).

    According to Ford Kenya leader, Moses Wetangula, OKA will announce its presidential candidate in January 2022. 

    From left: One Kenya Alliance (OKA) co-principals Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi and Moses Wetangula address the media in Nairobi on May 18, 2021.
    From left: One Kenya Alliance (OKA) co-principals Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi and Moses Wetangula address the media in Nairobi on May 18, 2021.
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