President Uhuru Kenyatta to Lead Kenyans in Labour Day Celebrations


President Uhuru Kenyatta to Lead Kenyans in Labour Day Celebrations

Among the issues that the president is expected to address is the country’s security situation, touching on the several milestones achieved in improving security situation since the Garissa attack.

The president is also expected to speak on the economy and the milestones that the Jubilee government has achieved in its two years in power.

This comes as a report released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) this week showed that the cost of living in Kenya rose to an eight-month high in April due to a significant rise in the cost of food.

Inflation also rose to a high of 7.087 per cent in April up from 6.31 per cent in March, nearly surpassing the government’s benchmark of 7.5 per cent.

It is on this basis that Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) will base their push for an increase in minimum wage for workers.

This week, the two bodies vowed to push for a 20 per cent increase in workers’ minimum wage to cushion them from the increasing cost of living.

INCONSIDERATE TO WORKERS

Union leaders, COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli and his Trade Union Congress counterpart Wilson Sossion, accused Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi of being inconsiderate of workers’ well-being.

“It is unimaginable that the Labour Day prayers are being conducted in absence of Kambi. It is a miracle because there will be no intimidation or divide-and-rule,” said Atwoli.

The two also called for the sacking of Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi over alleged poor performance and high handedness.

Sossion attributed his woes to Kaimenyi saying he has received information that he is wanted at the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) again for wrongs he did not commit.

“I have been branded a criminal of incitement to violence and arraigned to DCI headquarters and I am not a criminal. I mean well for this country,” he said.

This year’s celebrations have been organised by Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) in partnership with COTU.

The union between the workers’ organisations is contrary to last year where wrangles between COTU and Public Service Trade Unions of Kenya (Pusetu), now TUC, took centre stage before and during the event.

 

By Benjamin Wafula

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