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Jan 20, 2022

‘Umati Sio Kura,’ Atwoli Warns DP Ruto

COTU Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has told Deputy President William Ruto, who is eyeing the presidency in the August 9 polls, that the numbers witnessed in his rallies do not majorly translate to votes during elections.

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COTU Secretary-General Francis Atwoli.Image/KBC

While speaking in an interview with a local TV station, Atwoli was quick to dispute the notion that numbers witnessed in political rallies directly translate to votes.

“People come to see if this is the William Samoei Ruto we’ve heard of either positively or negatively. Others come for the money they heard he distributes, young kids come for the t-shirts. Those are not votes,” said Atwoli.

Atwoli, a sworn member of the longest ruling party KANU and a supporter of Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja movement, was speaking in response to the crowds witnessed in Ruto’s rallies.

The DP has been traversing the nation selling his bottom up agenda to the masses with most of his rallies painted in yellow and green. The colours of his newly found political vehicle the United Democratic Alliance (UDA). 

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“If you want to know the real votes, August 9th 2022 you will see how the votes and voting process will pan out,” said Atwoli.

The COTU Boss further reiterated his stand that the second in command will not be the fifth president of the country and claimed that according to polls conducted by COTU’s Department of Economic Education and Research, the two frontrunners Raila and Ruto are ‘neck to neck.’

Deputy President William Ruto in court.Image/Facebook

This is despite opinion polls by research firm Infotrak and Media Conglomerate Radio Africa putting the DP well ahead of the former Prime Minister although Raila is closing in on Ruto.

Atwoli, though not a politician himself, is on the forefront of leaders pushing for the reunion of the former NASA brigade of Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula to join Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja movement ahead of the August 9 polls.

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