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Declare your stand, Atwoli challenges politicians yet to endorse BBI

By Harold Odhiambo | November 28th 2020 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli speaking during National Social Security Fund (NSSF) workshop in Kisumu on November 27, 2020. (Collins Oduor, Standard)

Cotu Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has challenged politicians who are still torn between supporting the drive to change the Constitution or opposing it to take a stance.

He criticised this lot for dragging their feet in declaring their position on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) push even as he defended the document and described it as a blessing to Kenyans.

“Politicians must make up their minds because you are either with us or against us. Kenyans have made up their minds and they are serious about an amendment to the Constitution,” Atwoli said.

In what appeared to be a call for a contested referendum, Atwoli said that proponents of the BBI were “ready to square it out” with those opposed to it adding that there was no turning back in the push to amend the 2010 Constitution.

The Cotu leader was speaking yesterday in Kisumu during a forum held by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) at the Tom Mboya Labour College where he also challenged workers to support the initiative.

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The unionist also dismissed claims that the intended amends were tailored to create positions for President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga arguing that it is aimed at improving the country.

“The only avenue that will ensures peaceful national coexistence is a new law that addresses issues that have been affecting the country,” Atwoli said.

Should it sail through, the changes in the constitution will see counties benefit from 35 per cent allocation of the national revenue from the national government while wards will also benefit from the ward development fund. 

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