Atwoli congratulates Ruto, says his speech planted a sense of hope in Kenyans

Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has congratulated President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua on their inauguration, stating that the President’s  inaugural speech was full of reconciliation and hope, and that it was in line with the union’s resolution and assurance of working with all Kenyans from all political parties to build a united and prosperous Kenya.

Atwoli, who was a fierce critic of Ruto in the run-up to the August 9 election, urged Kenyans to follow the President’s call for peace and reconciliation.

“At such times, it’s wisdom to remember that Kenya is bigger than all of us and especially those who were involved in the political campaigns and bickering,” Atwoli said in a statement.

Atwoli said that Kenyan workers, children and women are most affected at any given moment when Kenyans failed to get united and work together. He urged Kenyans to take President Ruto’s address seriously since it instilled optimism.

According to Atwoli, the worker’s union tradition has been to collaborate with the administration of the day to improve worker’s rights and welfare.

“As it has been our tradition to work with the government of the day which provides an environment where workers through COTU (K), employers through (FKE) and the government through the Ministry of Labour work in a tripartite structure, COTU (K) remains ready to work with the administration of President William Ruto to promote unity and the rights and welfare of Kenyan workers.” he said.

The COTU-K chairman is one of many popular leaders who openly criticised Ruto’s presidential campaign as he showed his support for Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. At one moment, he even said that Ruto will not be Kenya’s president.

Francis Atwoli has stated that he will leave the union leadership at the end of his current five-year tenure having served at the union since 2001. His current term expires in April 2026.

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