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Atwoli kicks out his deputy

07 October 2014, 10:29 Chepkwony Robert

Nakuru - Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) Deputy Secretary General, George Muchai was Monday suspended by the union’s executive board chaired by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli after the war of words that has rocked the workers' union escalated.

In an executive board meeting that kicked him out at Spa hotel in Baringo, Atwoli claimed that Muchai has been frustrating him.

Muchai has been accusing Atwoli for allegedly selling off COTU’s property without following due procedure.

The outspoken COTU boss sensationally claimed that Muchai has been trying to oust him by working in cahoots with Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi.

He said that Muchai presented false corruption claims to investigators to incriminate him and force him out of the country's largest workers body.

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"If he has any credible evidence against me, he should report to any police station because I have nothing to fear. I am clean," he said.

While briefing the press at Spa Resort in Baringo County, Atwoli said that the board unanimously resolved to replace his deputy.

He said 26 out of 28 members voted against him.

"We invited him formally through a letter, verbally and through phone calls but he didn't come," Atwoli said.

He pointed out that the other Board member was out of the country on official duty.

"He (Muchai) has been usurping the position of secretary general and getting obsessed with undermining me," Atwoli added.

Muchai has effectively been replaced by Benson Okumu Okwaro in acting capacity. The Board also appointed Nelson Mwaniki.

The resolution will be ratified by the governing council on May 23, 2016.

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