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Atwoli: Ruto Will Hand Over My File to The Next President

Atwoli: Ruto Will Hand Over My File to The Next President

Francis Atwoli, the Secretary-General of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu), asserts that his influence will be pivotal in determining the successor to President William Ruto.

Atwoli, a prominent figure in Kenya’s labor movement, claims that no previous head of state has underestimated his sway, citing his lengthy tenure as general secretary.

The 74-year-old Atwoli, renowned as a vocal advocate for labor rights, assumed his role in 2001, citing his collaboration with Kenya’s first president, the late Jomo Kenyatta.

Reflecting on his extensive career, Atwoli highlights his collaboration with the administrations of former Presidents Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki, both of whom acknowledged his contributions to the nation’s development.

Atwoli explains how his dossier was passed down from one president to another, including President Ruto’s predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta.

In a recorded statement, Atwoli asserts his extensive experience working with every Kenyan president and suggests that President Ruto’s successor will also inherit his dossier.


Speaking at an event attended by President Ruto, Atwoli pledges his ongoing support, citing his long history of collaboration with past leaders.

Atwoli expresses confidence in continuing his collaboration with future leaders beyond Ruto’s tenure, emphasizing his commitment to assisting them.

President Ruto, currently serving his first term since 2022, acknowledges Atwoli’s influence in shaping Kenya’s political landscape.

Atwoli reaffirms his intention to continue supporting leaders in safeguarding the nation’s interests and the welfare of its people.

In addition to his role at Cotu, Atwoli has held the position of General Secretary at the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) since 1994.

Internationally, Atwoli represents workers as a titular member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation, as President of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), and as Vice-President of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Despite calls from critics for him to step down, Atwoli attributes his re-election to his exceptional track record in advocating for workers’ rights.

Atwoli: Ruto Will Hand Over My File to The Next President