Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has urged workers to ignore the planned anti-government demonstrations by the opposition and go to work on Tuesday.
He says Kenyans have nothing to gain from taking to the streets, adding that the trade union will not defend any employee who faces dismissal for missing work on grounds that they were demonstrating.
“They (opposition leaders) have said tomorrow is protest day, but workers, let us not participate. We are salaried people, you miss work and you are fired and things can get worse. You cannot defend anyone on the basis that they were demonstrating,” said Atwoli.
“There is nothing you can gain… Employers and workers have to support the president so that we can spur economic growth,” added the trade unionist.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday maintained that the planned demonstrations will still take place in Nairobi despite the police’s refusal to permit them.
Through a statement, the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition leader said the opposition is exercising their constitutional right to assemble, demonstrate, picket, and present petitions to public authorities peaceably and unarmed.
As a result, he announced that they shall present petitions to four government offices on Tuesday in an effort to pressure President William Ruto’s administration to heed their demands.
Odinga, who has refused to concede defeat to Dr Ruto in the August 2022 presidential race, said they will present a petition to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to substantiate their claim that the election results were doctored and demand an audit of the electoral servers.
Courtesy Citizen Digital