Start talking, Cotu tells Uhuru and Raila
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions has called for dialogue between the two sides of the political divide.
Cotu Secretary-general Francis Atwoli (below) urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga to begin negotiations.
Mr Atwoli, Cotu executive board members and secretaries of affiliate unions asked leaders to guarantee stability.
“We appeal to players in our political scene to see sense in dialogue, bearing in mind that Kenya is bigger than the two coalitions,’’ Mr Atwoli said at Solidarity Building after a meeting of 44 Cotu affiliates.
“They must understand that Kenya has to survive and it is only through political stability that the security of everyone and their property will be guaranteed,” he said.
“We are in the last stages of civil strife. Let us learn from the 2007/8 experience.’’
Catholic bishops also said they were willing to steer national dialogue.
“Because of the gravity of the crisis the country is in, we have chosen to convene, facilitate and mediate high level talks on resolving the political crisis,” the bishops said in a statement.
Cotu said the political stalemate had badly affected the economy.
Mr Atwoli said workers were losing jobs, with crucial sectors such as energy, health, manufacturing and export being the most hit.
“The publicity our country is getting locally and abroad has affected the way business is conducted. Hotel bookings have been cancelled and about 10,000 jobs are in jeopardy,’’ Mr Atwoli said.
He proposed names of “eminent” Kenyans to lead the talks.
They included senators Yusuf Haji and Amos Wako, former senators Zipporah Kittony and David Musila, former MPS Jamleck Kamau, Oburu Oginga and Phoebe Asiyo as well as former minister Philip Masinde.
Others Mr Abraham Kiptanui, Mr Hassan Ole Kamwaro and business and industrialist Chris Kirubi.