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Uhuru, Raila must talk to heal hurting nation, says Atwoli

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga to embrace dialogue and save the country from further political crisis. Addressing a press conference at Cotu offices yesterday, secretary general Francis Atwoli proposed a 10-member team drawn from veteran political leaders to urgently meet the duo and discuss ways of ending the current political impasse in the country. “I appeal to both Jubilee and Nasa to organise a dialogue on how to amicably resolve this political standoff. I remind them this country is greater than an individual and they should desist from grand-standing and look for a solution,” he appealed. At the same time, Atwoli called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati to be assertive and give direction regarding the current political situation and the uncertainty regarding the fresh presidential election slated for October 26. He said Chebukati should make firm decisions without fear or favour to ensure the current poll uncertainity is resolved. “Chebukati should take charge. Do not be scared of anybody. Call both Uhuru and Raila and give direction on how the current political standoff can be resolved. Do whatever it takes even cancelling the candidature of any of them who poses threats to the country,” Atwoli asserted. Atwoli condemned the ongoing anti-IEBC demonstrations by Nasa supporters, saying they are stagnating the economy. “Jubilee and Nasa must come together and resolve the political standoff in an amicable manner for the country to move on. Demos have affected businesses; when businesses are affected, workers are in trouble. Politicians must note Kenya is bigger than any of you hence should shun from harmful utterance and actions,” he said.

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