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Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 15:58 EATlmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has rubbished the move by Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to review salaries and allowances of state officers downwards without involving other stakeholders.
He named three authorities that should be involved; COTU, Federation of Kenya Employers and the Ministry of Labour which the Sarah Serem-led SRC should have consulted before gazetting the salary adjustments.
“Issues related to wages and incomes are labour issues and Sarah Serem made a big mistake and should be replaced after the general elections.
“There are three authorities on labour issues: COTU, Federation of Kenya Employers and Ministry of Labour which she should have consulted before slashing the salaries”, he added.
Speaking when he appeared before Jeff Koinange (JKL) Live Show on Citizen TV last night other than the SRC issue on salaries and allowances, Atwoli discussed a variety of issues.
He started by wishing the Royal Media journalists a quick recovery after being involved in a plane crash and termed journalists as the engine that drives information in the country. He also sent a condolence message to the family of the late Major General Joseph Nkaissery terming him as a wonderful man who was really devoted to serving this nation. “He has tamed Al shabaab, robbers, and carjackers in Nairobi as well as in the whole country “he added.
Atwoli also eulogized the late former powerful Minister Nicholas Biwott whom he termed as a very secretive man and urged leaders of this country to emulate him. “Serikali ni siri kali, you die with that siri kali”.
He also cited late former Interior Minister John Michuki whom he said was a man who would say something and the rest would follow.
On late G.G Kariuki, Atwoli termed him a serious guy who went ahead to be elected as the senator for Laikipia County at an advanced age. “Politics is not for old people like G.G and the rest, we should support our youth because they are people who can create change, the likes of Kanini Kega”, he said.
He however accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of sleeping on its job and noting that the printing of the ballot papers in Dubai is a waste of time and money. Instead, the papers should have been printed in government place and invited the representatives of the main presidential candidates to witness and confirm them.
On the Nairobi’s gubernatorial candidates with 25 days to the August 8 elections, Atwoli said Nairobians need a fresh “driver” who will take the city to another level and make it a clean productive city as it’s the capital city of the country and the business hub.
He said Kiambu County voters need to decide and choose wisely as the two main challengers are no nonsense guys adding that the incumbent William Kabogo and his opponent Ferdinand Waititu (baba yao) are very serious people.
Atwoli who discussed a wide range of issues, also touched on Kirinyaga gubernatorial race where Ex Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru and Narc-Kenya are front runners. “Martha is a fighter and she does not give up. She assisted COTU to make sure that our women got 3 month maternity leave and 14 days for men. The iron lady should be given a chance to lead Kirinyaga.
“What has Waiguru done? Apart from the NYS scandal, does she have something good to offer?" said Atwoli