, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli’s effort to expel his deputy George Muchai has been blocked after the Registrar of Trade Unions rejected the bid.
The Registrar of Trade Unions Elizabeth Gicheha said contrary to Atwoli’s claims that Muchai had been notified and served over his removal; he has never received the purported letters and had not been given the constitutional right to defend himself.
“Based on the above findings, I therefore regret to inform you that I am not in a position to effect the change of officials as it is apparent that the Deputy Secretary General may not have been served, hence denying him the opportunity to defend himself as required under the rules of the Constitution,” stated the registrar in a letter to COTU.
Muchai was ‘dismissed’ in mid-October by the COTU board for alleged breach of the provisions of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions constitution by choosing to serve partisan political interests under the influence of Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi.
The Registrar attached correspondence with the Postmaster General showing that Muchai – who is also the Kabete Member of Parliament – did not receive information on his dismissal and the allegations levelled against him.
“From the foregoing, the ambiguity surrounding the certificates of registered mail cast a lot of doubt as to whether the Deputy Secretary General actually received the aforesaid letters. Indeed in my considered view, a reading of the Postmaster’s letter aforesaid, confirms that he did not,” the letter by the Registrar of Companies went on to state.