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Kenya: Can workers unions and COTU help Raila win presidency in 2022?

By Victor Abuso
Posted on Wednesday, 5 January 2022 10:11

A supporter of Kenya's Opposition leader Raila Odinga walks past his election posters before the Azimio la Umoja (Declaration of Unity) rally to unveil his August 2022 Presidential race candidature at the Moi International Sports centre in Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya 10 December 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The leadership of Kenya's Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU), a national umbrella body of trade unions, says it is endorsing veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga’s bid to vie for presidency on 9 August this year.

On numerous occasions, COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli has been at the forefront, championing Raila’s run for presidency.

On 31 December 2021, Atwoli organised a political rally in the Western region to campaign for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader. “Workers support you because you support decent jobs,” he said. “Any knowledgeable trade unionist must know and be aware of what is expected of the next president.”

Atwoli challenged trade unionists to stand up and fight against corruption. “He [Raila] is a person who has shown us how he intends to grow the economy and expand employment opportunities.”