The Secretary General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU (K) Bro. Francis Atwoli who is celebrating 50 years in the leadership of the trade union movement, was this afternoon feted in Arusha Tanzania by his colleagues both from the East Africa Trade Union Confederation, EATUC and the East Africa Employers Organization, EAEO which are the umbrella trade union organizations that bring together workers and employers respectively from the six East Africa countries namely Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya.
In a surprise party hosted by EATUC, an organization that Bro. Atwoli was at its helm as Chairman for a record 15 years, the current Chairman Eric Manzi together with its Executive Secretary Sis. Caroline Khamati joined by EAEO Chair Person Sis. Rosemary Ssenabulya termed Atwoli’s fifty years in the different leadership positions as a workers’ leader ‘stunning and phenomenon’ adding it attests to the sacrifice that Atwoli has had to go through as a person.
Sis. Khamati observed that EATUC no doubt boasts of ‘an even greater share’ of the fifty years of Atwoli’s reign since as a founder chairman of EATUC, Atwoli spent sleepless nights putting in all his resources financially and otherwise in ensuring EATUC takes off and established a secretariat in Arusha Tanzania that now remains one of the best run regional organization on the entire African Continent and beyond.
Sis. Ssenabulya challenged the young upcoming trade union leaders in the region and on the continent to learn from Atwoli’s story and live true to the calling of trade unionism adding often the young upcoming trade unionists have been cited to be fond of exploring every opportunity to make quick money by all means while masquerading as trade union leaders.
On his part Bro. Manzi appreciated to having learnt a lot from Bro. Atwoli adding the strong foundation laid down by Atwoli at EATUC has made it ease for him to continue steering the organization as Chairman since taking over from Atwoli last year and that Atwoli has remained readily available to offer any such advise and support required by his leadership whenever called upon.
Other leaders present included Brother Peter Werikhe, the Secretary General of the National Organization of Trade UnionS of Uganda, NOTU, Bro. Dr. Yahya Msigwa, the Secretary General of Trade Union Confederation of Tanzania, TUCTA and Bro. Khamis Mohammed the Secretary General of Zanzibar Trade Union Confederation, ZATUC.
Francis Atwoli, NOM (DZA), EBS, MBS