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President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing workers on Labour Day. Photo/PPS


Atwoli champions a union for police officers

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing workers on Labour Day. Photo/PPS

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing workers on Labour Day. Photo/PPS

NAIROBI Kenya, May 1 – The Secretary General of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Francis Atwoli has called for the formation of a body to address work related grievances of police officers.

Atwoli said he will work with Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo in ensuring police get a better communication channel for their problems.

While acknowledging the work police do, Atwoli stressed that they need better working conditions.

Speaking during the Labour Day celebrations held at Uhuru Park, Atwoli also urged unions to give the government time to settle before they embark on a fresh round of agitations for better pay.

“I am going to speak to Inspector General David Kimaiyo about his people (police) so that they can have a channel to give their grievances,” Atwoli said.

He further said they were also entitled to be heard though in a manner in a amicable manner.

Atwoli said he was optimistic on the ability of Kenyatta and Ruto on scaling the country to great economy growth while urging Kenyans to give them time, “They are two God given leaders for our country. I know you can deliver; you are young and energetic.”

The colorful ceremony was attended by Cabinet Secretary nominees Amina Mohammed, Najib Balala and Charity Ngilu. Others who were there were Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and other government officials.

Amina Mohammed is the Cabinet Secretary Nominee for Foreign affairs, Balala for Mining while Ngilu is the nominee Ministry of Lands.

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There was however drama after Atwoli stood to address the hundreds of people in the Park. Activist Boniface Mwangi led a group of a few youths to chant down COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli but police arrested him contained the situation after arresting him and one of a colleague.

Mwangi had led the group to say they were betrayed by the leaders of COTU after a few made their speeches using a Swahili word, ‘Usaliti’ (betrayal)

The group caused confusion among the crowds and the VIPs in the dais but the programme went normally.

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