I do not wish Ruto dead but he will not be in next govt: Atwoli

The Central Organization of Trade Unions COTU (K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has refuted claims that he wished Deputy President William Ruto dead clarifying that his message was that Ruto will not be in the next government after the constitutional change.

The COTU leader repeated that Ruto’s name will not be among the six who will form the next government after the referendum anticipated in 2020.

“While I was in Lamu, I did not say that Ruto will die, no, but I said referendum is coming and that there will be six slots, mark my words, Kalonzo Musyoka will be among the six but Ruto’s name will not be there” said Atwoli.

Speaking at the burial of former COTU Secretary General Justus Mulei Velle at Kakeani in Kitui West constituency, Atwoli said politicians should stop misleading Kenyans to run away from taking their responsibilities.

He refuted claims that he was a magician attesting that he was faithful Catholic who spoke his mind without fear.

“I will remain to be brave and not fear. We should not twist words but I want to urge the President to help in scuttling this very wrongdoer,” said Atwoli.

On the government housing project, Atwoli said that he was willing to support the project, only that the government must increase salaries for all government workers so as to enable them manage the dedication in their salaries.
“I urged the president to honour his pledge of doing a 5% increment on the minimus wages of all government workers. I know the president is going through difficult times as huge amounts of money have been stolen,” said the trade unionist.

Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka glared away from the succession politics choosing to mourn the late unionist as a mature politician who embraced political competition without hate.

“The late Justus was my competitor in a by-election in 1983 in which I emerged the winner but after I beat him he embraced me and supported my leadership,” said Kalonzo.

The Wiper Leader added that the late Justus was a great trade unionist who championed the welfare of Kenyan workers in 1980’s making it possible for them to work for five days in a week but not seven.

This Thursday Kalonzo is expected to tour Mwea.


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