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"Looming Betrayal?" Atwoli Breaks Silence, Reveals What He Told Raila Before Meeting Ruto

Prior to his meeting with President William Ruto at the State House on December 1st, Azimio leader Raila Odinga was called, according to COTU-K Secretary-General Francis Atwoli.

Atwoli said he told Raila he needed to see Ruto for the benefit of the workers he represented at a funeral on Saturday, December 3, in Khwisero, Kakamega County.

He said that backing the former prime minister in opposition to the current administration would put his employment in danger and hurt Kenyan employees.

"I emphasized to Raila that I am engaged in representational politics and that I support worker-related issues, but we did not win the president. I also have my own constituency that I represent.

"As a global labor leader, I went to those who had it to help me implement the international labor convention standards for which I am well-known." Atwoli said.

The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) were among the subjects covered, according to the COTU chief.

However, he did say that they will stay together longer than Ruto's five-year term.

"What makes you think he won't walk over us in 2027 if that young man (Ruto) stole our seat while we had Uhuru Kenyatta as the government?" Atwoli snapped a photo.

In addition, he stated that he and the president had forgotten their contentious arguments before the elections, specifically the kukata miti Sugoi and mzee wa nyororo insults.

Atwoli refuted accusations that he courted Ruto for selfish reasons by pointing out that they met in the open.

He disclosed that when he met with the president, Kakamega Senator Boni Khakwale and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi were with him.

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