COTU-K Secretary-General Dr. Francis Atwoli held three hours meeting with more than forty General Secretaries of COTU-K affiliate unions.
In attendance, from COTU-K officials, were also Bro. Rajabu Mwondi (Chairman), Rev. Joel Chebii (1st Vice-Chairman), Bro. Benson Okwaro (Deputy Secretary-General), Bro. Ernest Nadome (1st Assistant Secretary-General) and Sis. Rebecca Nyathogora (Treasurer General).
Before the commencement of the meeting, Bro. Rajabu Mwondi invited all the GS to observe a minute of silence for the unionist who had passed on and those who had left parents during the harsh times and relatives.
The Secretary-General thanked the General Secretaries for their firm stand and commitment during the harsh period brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. This was largely inspired by the fact that most unions have maintained calmness and demonstrated excellent leadership even though most of their members were being affected.
He then made a presentation on how Covid-19 had not just affected our healthcare but also workers and unions at large, a brief on what is happening at Tom Mboya Labour College, a note on the forthcoming elections, and finally what is happening at the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
Of importance, and what in a way got a lot of focus, was the reconstruction taking place at the Tom Mboya Labour College. The Secretary-General thanked the General Secretaries for their contributions towards this noble initiative and went ahead to highlight some of the key reconstructions going on.
On the forthcoming elections, the Secretary-General encouraged the General Secretaries to stay and operate within the constitution so as to avoid conflicts that might arise from the lack of strict conformity to the law.
The meeting was followed by a press conference which was delivered by the Secretary General to, inter alia, support KNUT considering the challenges they are facing with their current employer and give a unionist perspective of the state of the nation.