Atwoli defends talks with Ruto, State House visit


Cotu boss Francis Atwoli, a once harsh critic of President William Ruto, has defended his State House visit, saying it was for the sake of democracy rather than pledging loyalty.

As a senior unionist in the country and globally, Atwoli said it would be futile to remain politically partisan after the electioneering period was over and the country needed to move forward.

“I’m sure some of you saw me at the State House last week and are wondering what we talked about with President Ruto.

I paid him a courtesy call alongside Luhya leaders Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula, and Boni Khalwale,” he said, explaining in part what happened behind closed State House doors.

“We mostly joked about the political jabs we traded during the electioneering period because we were in opposing camps, and it was all laughs, especially when I reminded him of the “kateni miti sugoi” (cut trees in Sugoi) phrase I used to discredit his candidacy, and he reminded me of how he loved to hit back at me with the Mzee wa manyororo (an old man who loves necklaces) line.”

Kateni miti, kateni miti watu wa Sugoi

COTU SG Francis Atwli


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