The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has urged Kenyans to remain peaceful amid the post-election result intrigues as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government prepares to pave way for new leadership.
Speaking in Auki Village, Meru County, during the burial of the late COTU stalwart Isaiah Kubai on Friday, Atwoli called for calm from across the political divides.
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya loyalist said he had resolved to await the decision of the Supreme Court following the coalition party’s decision to contest the results of the August 9 presidential polls where William Ruto was declared winner.
“Kenyans held a peaceful election, which has been witnessed throughout the world. I want us to remain peaceful. Tolerance is the key, we advised Odinga to follow the way of the court, and he agreed. William Ruto also agreed to accept the outcome of the courts. Kama hao wameshakubali, sisi pia tutayakubali matokeo,” Atwoli said.
“Yule atakayechukua baada ya hii mambo yote, tuambiwe huyu ndio President, we will accept him for the sake of our peace, and Kenya will continue.”
The COTU boss also assured workers across the country that peace would prevail throughout the nation during the process as the government had put in place contingency measures.
“I want to thank the government because we were afraid hii kitu ikiendelea kwa muda mrefu wafanyikazi wengi ni wa vibarua, na wangepoteza kazi. Lakini Joseph Kinyua alihakikishia wafanyikazi kuwa kuna amani, watu warudi kazini na sasa kila mahali ni kawaida,” he stated.
Likewise, the outspoken leader also cautioned social media users against inciting political groupings against one another as he outlined the dangers of violence.
“Ninawasihi wale ambao wanaenda kwa mitandao na kuincite watu ama kuleta vitisho, wawache hayo maneno na tuwache korti iamue na tutafuata uamuzi huo,” he stated.