Atwoli calls for dialogue between President Uhuru and Raila

Christine Siamanta
By Christine Siamanta October 12, 2017 15:54

Francis Atwoli, leader of Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) is recommending a list of top well-known Kenyans to reach out to President Uhuru and Raila in a bid to end the political confusion in the country.  Mr. Atwoli said that he believes the two leaders have good intentions for Kenya but unfortunately their advisors may be driving a wedge between them.

Mr. Atwoli, in a press briefing said Cotu will help Yusuf Haji, Amos Wako, Jamleck Kamau, Oburu Odinga, Abraham Kiptanui, Hassan Ole Kamwaro, Sajjad, Zipporah Kittony, Philip Masinde, David Musila, and Phoebe Asiyo to reach out to the two parties and their top leaders. In his remarks, the Cotu Secretary General clarified that dialogue should not only mean power sharing but a solution in the best interest of Kenya.

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After Raila’s move to withdraw from the fresh presidential election set for October 26, political uncertainty has overwhelmed the country upsetting different sectors of the economy. On Wednesday, investors lost Sh15 billion in paper wealth, with capitalization standing at Sh2.34 trillion by close of trading at Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). NSE’s benchmark 20-share index recorded a 1.4 per cent drop by the end of trading on Wednesday as Opposition supporters took to the streets for the second time this week in their push for electoral reforms.

In his decision to step down, the opposition leaders stated that the election may not be credible just like the August 8.  The results of the election were annulled by the Supreme Court .He also said the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has not met a list of demands NASA proposed before the October poll. The electoral body has on the other hand insisted that the election shall be conducted on the set date. Atwoli said businesses are suffering from the face-off especially in the sectors such as energy, health, education, and agricultural.

Mr. Atwoli was also quick to further explain  that dialogue does not necessarily mean power-sharing .

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Christine Siamanta
By Christine Siamanta October 12, 2017 15:54

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