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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Pressure on Atwoli to go presidency 2017



A presidential campaign lobby group has been launched in Kericho town to campaign for Cotu boss Francis Atwoli 2017 presidential bid.
The lobby group Operation Atwoli Wins was launched recently at Kericho Uhuru Gardens by 100 youths drawn from Kericho and Bomet counties.
The lobby group covers all Central Organsation of Trade Union affiliates who want Atwoli to run for presidency in 2017 general elections.
The youths are children of parents working for multinational tea companies in both Kericho and Bomet counties and who are member of Kenya Plantation and Agriculture Workers Union.
The group has already liaised with all other trade unions in Kenya affiliated to Cotu and want plans on to campaign for Atwoli to kick off by the end of 2015 before 2017 general election.
Three OAW officials, Geoffrey Obara (chairman), Joel Masese (secretary) and Wilfred Chirchir (treasurer) spoke to the press in Kericho town on behalf of their 100 colleagues.
The three hit out at Jubilee government over its several attempts to frustrate Atwoli as Cotu boss by trying to weaken the umbrella body by forming the parallel Trade Union Congress to rival Cotu.
“The  Jubilee government, through labour cabinet secretary Kazungu Kambi,  have  time and again tried to fight Atwoli over his fight against corruption at National  Social Security Fund and more so the Sh5 billion Tassia II  housing project in Nairobi,” Obara said.
Masese regretted how the government was trying to use Dock Workers Union secretary general Simon Sang who is being persuaded to decamp from Cotu to TUC with the entire DWU membership.
Chirchir said the government dirty schemes against Atwoli will only be countered by fronting him for the presidency as he has indicated through his exemplary leadership prowess that he was equal to the task of the presidency in Kenya.