Francis Atwoli, the secretary-general of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU), has proposed that the country's next general elections, scheduled for 2022, be postponed by a year.
The workers' leader, who is also a well-known power broker in the country, claims that holding elections before the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is passed is pointless. The High Court ruled that the BBI law, which was due to be discussed in Parliament and put to a referendum, was unconstitutional.
The Court of Appeal has since filed an appeal against that decision. “If they (the Court of Appeal) don't give us a ruling, we'll go to the Supreme Court, and if we don't get it there, we'll have to start over, and we'll appeal through our legislators to expel them,” he said. The veteran unionist further stated that the country will not be ready for elections unless the BBI reforms are enacted.
“...If there is no BBI, we will investigate the possibility of obtaining BBI before the elections. As workers, we desire peace in our country. Workers are the recipients of issues every five years... If there is no BBI, we will call Kenyans to appeal to Members of Parliament, and elections will be postponed till BBI is obtained. There will be no elections if the BBI does not exist. said Atwoli
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