COTU (K) Applauds Workers Representation in Parliament
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions, COTU (K) appeals to the two leading teachers Unions, the Kenya National Union of Teachers, (KNUT) and the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, (KUPPET) to fully support, maintain and rally behind their newly elected Union Officials to Parliament with a view to ensuring that the Workers voice is represented on the floor of the 12th Parliament.
At the same time, we ask the two unions not to fall prey to some external forces, interests and pressure to neither relieve these elected Union Officials of their positions in their respective Unions nor be coerced into calling for their resignation from their Union positions because as workers we are no doubt set to benefit greatly by having colleagues sit in parliament on the platform of a worker representative and/or being an elected trade union official.
Thus the nomination of Bro. Wilson Sossion on the ODM ticket as well as the election of Bro. Omboko Milemba for Emuhaya on ANC ticket, Bro. Tom Odege for Nyatike on ODM, Bro. Ronald Tonui for Bomet Central on JP as well as Sis Catherine Wambilianga as Women Representative of Bungoma County on Ford K is laudable and a huge achievement for us as Labour Leaders in this Country and beyond and COTU(K) will extend any support required to these new Honourable Members of the 12th Parliament as they discharge their duties to Kenyans and workers in particular.
Specifically we congratulate Bro. Sossion for his nomination on a Worker-ticket and urge him to be firm and steadfast as he embark on this important assignment as the voice of the Kenyan Workers and wish to inform those individuals hell-bent on frustrating his nomination to Parliament that since time immemorial elected workers leaders have previously been elected to parliament and displayed such duties with much zeal including Tom Joseph Mboya, Dennis Akumu, Fred Kubai, Arthur Ochwada, Oduya Oprong, Ochola Ogaye Mak’ Anyengo, Juma Boy, Joseph Mugalla among others and there is no law that prohibits any trade union elected Official from seeking election to parliament or being nominated to the August House.
As workers we will stand by these leaders as they discharge their duties both at the Union level and in Parliament and will view any attack on anyone of them to be an attack on the entire Labour Movement in Kenya.
Francis Atwoli, NOM (DZA) EBS, MBS