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Francis Atwoli Says He Wanted to Retire But Workers Said No

Francis Atwoli.
Francis Atwoli in a file photo at JFK show. Photo/Citizen TV.

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Kenya), COTU (K) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has revealed why he has stayed long at the seat.

In an interview with Jeff Koinange on Citizen TV, Atwoli said he had decided to retire more than once.

“It is not me to retire, it is them to say. I wanted to retire in 2011 and they said no, I wanted to retire in 2016 they said no. In 2021 I said now you will decide. I’m still around,” he said.

Atwoli also mentioned his success at International organizations that represent workers and his longevity.

“I have been at the helm of a trade union for some time and I’m the long-serving elected International Labor Organization Governing Body (ILO) for some time, my position is elective. I’m going for elections on June 10. The Africans have refused, I wanted to leave for Tanzanians and they said no,” Atwoli said.

Francis Atwoli said he has championed social justice and advocated for decent work, accountable governments, and better policies for workers.

He has served in Cotu as Secretary General for 23 years after he was first elected in 2001.

His current term ends in April 2026, and he won re-election on April 9, 2021.