September 24, 2020
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.