You have crossed the red line Mr. President – ATWOLI names some ‘Judicial cartels’ he will protect from RUTO’s onslaught

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 – COTU Boss Francis Atwoli has announced that COTU will protect the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) from attacks from the President and his Kenya Kwanza government.

In a statement, Atwoli, who was speaking during the opening session of the training for the court’s judges on International Labour Standards, said he will not allow attacks on the ELRC judges that will affect their service delivery.

“COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has assured judges of the Employment and Labour Relations Court that the labour movement will protect them against any attacks that will impede on their delivery of service,” read the statement in part.

He pointed out that there should be no blanket attacks on judges, many of whom are performing their duties with diligence.

The COTU boss in a separate statement told the judges they have a responsibility to ensure the effectiveness of International Labour Standards in Kenya by referring to the same in their various judgments.

“As such, the ongoing training on ILS is timely considering the need to raise the capacity of our judges to understand the various International Labour Standards,” Atwoli stated.

President William Ruto, his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua and politicians from the Kenya Kwanza coalition have in recent days called out the Judiciary over claims that some corrupt judicial officers (cartels) and judges are sabotaging the Universal Health Care and Affordable Housing projects.

However, Chief Justice Martha Koome defended the Judiciary, noting that the trend of attacking and criticizing judges in public in ongoing cases is a way of intimidating them.


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