Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has downplayed the impact of Deputy President William Ruto’s series of visits to the Western Kenya region ahead of the August polls.
Atwoli says the region is firmly behind ODM leader Raila Odinga and individuals allied to his Azimio la Umoja camp, underscoring that the meeting held by Western Kenya leaders in late December 2021 at Bukhungu stadium, where they backed Odinga’s presidential bid, was a testament to his utterances.
“The leaders of Western Kenya were seen in December and I want to assure Kenyans that the entire Western Kenya is going to vote for those candidates who will be within Azimio la Umoja,” Atwoli said in a presser on Wednesday.
“I want to assure William Samoei Ruto that even if he visited Western Kenya 20 times per week he is not going to get any votes from Western Kenya. Western Kenya is sealed and it is for Azimio.”
Atwoli similarly advised DP Ruto to steer clear of individuals claiming that they can win him votes in the region in what was a toned-down attack on OKA principal Musalia Mudavadi who has recently been rumoured of holding talks with Ruto over the formation of a coalition ahead of August elections.
“We are going to have rallies in each and every county and that is the time you will realize that those who might be cheating him that they will help him get votes in Western Kenya are just after something else. They are not assisting you,” Atwoli said
While labeling persons supporting the DP’s presidential bid as day dreamers, Atwoli confidently declared that Ruto would lose at the general elections slated for August 9, 2021.
“I said he will not and he shall not be declared as president at the polls simply because he will not win. It will not be through any machinations or anything but he will not win. He is not going to be our president this year,” Atwoli said.