COTU threatens to boycott 2017 General Election over corruption

COTU threatens to boycott 2017 General Election over corruption

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COTU officials addressing journalists in Mombasa on 28, December 2016. PHOTO:DIANA WANYONYI

Mombasa, KENYA:Central Organizations of Trade Union (COTU) has threatened to mobilize its members to boycott the General Election to protest against corruption at the National Social Security funds-NSSF.

Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday, COTU Assistant General Mr. Ernest Nadome said the government has not taken any steps in fighting corruption and also prosecuting the perpetrators despite knowing about the vice.

He threatened to mobilize public servants to take part in the boycott to force action from the government especially on NSSF.

“There are many problems facing workers; there is an ongoing medics strike, senate parliamentarians are debating on changing some of the laws, all this with NSSF saga, is the government will not solve this problems in 2017 during the election, president should forget workers votes.” He said

The organization also accused some top government officials of influencing and interrupting the recent recruitment exercise of NSSF Chief executive officer, for their personal and selfish interest.

“We know that there are some people who are preparing to steal NSSF money to do campaign, we will not accept at all”. He assured.

COTU also took issues with the government for rejecting a candidate who it says qualifies for the position of NSSF CEO.

It alleges that the government compromised the National Intelligence security NIS and Ethics and Anti corruption Commission EACC, to implicate top NSSF chair candidate.

“This is unfortunate. This is quite unfair and what we are saying as Kenyan workers, we cannot continue like this. There is no way out successive governments will continue using NSSF as cash cow”, said COTU.

COTU is now urging President Uhuru Kenyatta to protect workers’ pension by fighting corruption and fight corruption in NSSF.