, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has urged leaders to approach the referendum issue with sobriety.
Speaking while hosting a luncheon for representatives of various unions that form the larger COTU, Atwoli urged the leaders to exchange ideas on the contentious issues and loopholes in the Constitution and work on how to resolve them for the long-term.
“We must re-asses the implementation of the new Constitution and approach it with sobriety, hapana selectively kuangalia zile area unataka, (not selectively choosing what works for you) this is what I am appealing to our people both in the CORD and Jubilee. Tuketi chini tuangalie zile areas ambazo ni contentious bila kukua pushed na siasa, tutoe hii sababu hii inafaa sisi. (Let’s look at the contentious areas without being coerced and free from political machinations).
“Hii Katiba… can it take us in the way it is for the next 10/20 years? If it can’t how do we address those contentious provisions within our Constitution that cannot make our economy grow, or can make our country broke,” he said.
While expressing support for devolution and specifically decentralisation of services to Kenyans, Atwoli however insisted that some services could not be devolved.
Among those he was adamant could not be devolved were healthcare, national security, foreign affairs and agriculture. He added that devolving such services would initiate industrial action especially in the healthcare industry.
The luncheon was attended and supported by Tailors and Textiles Workers Union, Kenya Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union, Building and Construction Workers Union, KUDHEIHA, Petroleum and Oil Workers Unions and Amalgamated Workers Union among others.