– Atwoli reiterated his earlier position on Uhuru’s possible candidature saying Uhuru was still young to retire
– The trade unionist stated that nothing would stop Uhuru from seeking another term once the Building Bridges Initiative bill is passed
– He reminded Kenyan workers the BBI document had amendments which will seek to address some of their challenges
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The Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU) secretary general Francis Atwoli has endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta for 2022 presidential election.
Atwoli reiterated his earlier position on Uhuru’s possible candidature saying the president was still young to retire thus free to run for another term.
Speaking in Kisumu on Friday, November 27, the trade unionist stated that nothing would stop Uhuru from seeking another term once the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill is passed.
“Unless the president feels he has done enough, he is tired and wants to go home and rest, nothing stops him from vying again in 2022 after passing these amendments,” he said.
While rallying workers across the country not be dissuaded into rejecting the BBI report, he reminded them the document had amendments which will seek to address some of their challenges.
“Every time after election we have skirmishes and the people who are affected the most are workers, women and children. Therefore, we must support this document which seeks to put an end to this menace,” he said.
At the same time, the unionist told off those opposing the constitutional amendment process to proceed with no campaign and wait at the ballot during the referendum.
“If you are opposed to the document then go ahead and spearhead a no campaign we face each other and let Kenyans decide because we are a democratic country,” he added.
Atwoli was peaking when he met the National Social Security Fund and the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union members at Tom Mboya Labour Training College.
Sometime in December 2019, the vocal leader had hinted Uhuru will remain in power after 2022 but in a different capacity given the two-term constitutional requirement.
He said the BBI will bring forth a new political dispensation that will allow Uhuru to vie for any post after his term as president ends.
He argued that as long Uhuru remains the de facto Jubilee Party leader, he will easily claim the proposed post of the prime minister.
“The only thing the president can’t do is to run for the presidency but under the new political dispensation envisaged by the BBI team, we anticipate new political formations that will be all-encompassing and inclusive,” he said.
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