Thursday, December 1, 2022 –Central Organization of Trade Union COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has finally met with President William Ruto to mend fences.
Photos of the two all smiles surfaced from Nairobi as Atwoli divulged the nitty-gritty of their Thursday December 1 discussion that also saw Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, former CS Rashid Echesa and Senator Boni Khalwale attend.
“This morning I paid a courtesy call to H.E President William Ruto whereby we held discussions on Kenya’s ratification of ILO C190 and outsourcing of labour. I also sought an appointment with the Head of State to meet and share with all @COTU_K Affiliated General Secretaries,” Mr. Atwoli divulged.
Kenyans would quickly take to the comments section with varied reactions some lauding the two for burying the hatchet even after having openly fought each other throughout the recent campaign season.
“Papa @AtwoliDza just take it simple, Azimio COWS will troll and accuse you for everything and say that you are a traitor,take heart,” Seed noted.
Agape Mose observed that the president seems to be among few persons who can forgive his adversaries; and that this he had demonstrated so well.
“I think William Ruto is among few leaders who have a clean forgiving heart. Mambo Atwoli alikuwa anaongea yalikuwa sio mazuri. Without a forgiving heart you can’t shake hands with him,” Agape Mose commented.
Others sought to know if Atwoli first apologized to the head of State during their today’s meeting that has since aroused anxiety.
“Did you apologise? Fathers can also apologise to sons n daughters. Hope you’ve done. His Excellency President Ruto is a gentleman. All he needs from you is wisdom advice. Grey hair signifies wisdom and should be a happy remainder for continuity,” Zeinab Ismael Hassan remarked.
Mr. Atwoli was among the key Azimio la Umoja members and financiers who heavily de-campaigned William Ruto and had vowed to use all his financial muscles to edge out United Democratic Alliance UDA Party from Western Kenya where he comes from.
But immediately after the election that saw William Ruto announced the winner, Atwoli changed heart and promised to work with the government of the day.