Atwoli says he had to fulfil the dying wish of Professor Eshiwani who implored him to support Musalia Mudavadi.Secretary-General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), Francis Atwoli, has revealed how he spent Sh200 million to assist Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi.
He was speaking during an interview with Ken Mijungu where he explained his role in Mudavadi’s campaign activities in 2016, ahead of the 2017 General Election. The COTU boss said he supported the former Vice President after an influential politician implored him to back the ANC leader.
“In 2016 I used my own resources, more than Sh200 million to make him the Luhya spokesperson at Bukhungu 1, on December 31, 2016,” he said. He added that the plan was to empower the former vice president to become the kingpin of Western Kenya politics.“When the late Professor George Eshiwani [former JKUAT VC] was almost passing away he told me not to let Mudavadi go alone, that I should try to support him,” Atwoli added.
Musalia has not organised a gathering of that magnitude since then, according to the COTU boss. Atwoli indicated that Mudavadi may be replaced in the same way that he helped the ANC leader become a big figure in Western.
“I am a free and independent person. I was just doing it for two reasons, one so that the region gets a spokesperson and somebody who can guard the communities interests or champion the aspirations of the community. “…(I supported Musalia) as a person who represents the working men and women in this country,” the Cotu boss said. He dismissed the ANC and UDA coalition, saying it is of little consequence if the aim is to sway voters in Western.
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