Khaniri:Pusetu is a move to weaken Luhya region
22 April 2014, 17:26
Vihiga - The launch of a new workers union Pusetu in the country is a plot by the Jubilee government to further weaken Luhya politics by shifting the workers attention from Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli, Senator George Khaniri has said.
The Vihiga senator said that Pusetu launch was a clearly crafted plot by the Jubilee government of hatching schemes to weaken the country's labour movement to perpetuate corruption. The move will perpetuate corruption as the labour sector will be manipulated by those in power.
“Activation of the Federation of Public Service Trade Unions is part of a wider scheme to get Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli out of the government's way. Atwoli is being fought because of his stand on corruption in government, and the fact that he is Luhya. We know that they want people who will dance to their tune,” Khaniri said.
He spoke after attending the Annual General Meeting of the Vihiga University Students Network, which was held at Mutembe Church in Mbale.
He said that the failed attempts by the government to spend more than KES 5billion on the Tassia II from the National Social Security Fund, which Atwoli opposed, did not augur well with the government.
“The rival umbrella for trade unions is meant to ensure the labour movement is unstable. Recent demands by Labour Secretary Kazungu Kambi that Atwoli is old and must retire are clear indication that the government engineered the war against Atwoli,”said Khaniri.
He noted that Atwoli has been vigilant about workers' welfare and investments and thus the government was keen to oust him from the influential position to ensure that no Luhya holds any powerful position.
He said that the former western and Nyanza provinces should now reunite and salvage the region from the Jubilee raw deal, which they have got for the past one year.
“The unity of the two regions is the only way of ensuring that our status quo is maintained and that we are able to benefit from the fruits of our independence promptly,” he said.
During the meeting the university student leaders from the region asked county governments not to sideline the youths in their employment, as most of those who have applied for various jobs have failed to land them.
“Jobs in the county governments have become very difficult for the youths to land unless they have their people at the top who can fix them in some positions. County governments should go for professionalism and help reduce unemployment amongst the youths in the country,” Eric Odei, the group’s county coordinator said.
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