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Duale Calls Out Atwoli Over ‘Ignorant Allegations’ Regarding Bills Before Parliament

Majority Leader In The National Assembly Aden Duale. [File/Courtesy]

Parliament majority leader Aden Duale has called out  the secretary general of the Central organizations of trade unions(COTU) Francis Atwoli of making uninformed and ignorant allegations regarding some Bills before Parliament, in most uncouth manner, directed at certain Members of Parliament.

He said that there was a procedure in which bills originating from the cabinet are presented in parliament . He said that his work as leader of Majority was to present the bills under his name so that it can be discussed in accordance to the constitution and standing orders.

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Aden Duale opted to educate Francis Atwoli on how parliament works when it came to presenting of Bills in parliament.

He told the COTU secretary general that the Bill had passed the first reading and had been pushed to the various House committees for Public participation.  He invited Atwoli to the various seating and urged him to make contributions to the different bills.

“Having being published and read a first time, the Bills now stand referred to the various Committees of the House to undertake public participation in furtherance to the requirements of Article 118 of the Constitution. Parliament will invite views of the public, including those of Mr. Atwoli in his official or private capacity.  I am sure the Departmental Committee on Health and that of Labour will invite him, soonest, to give his views on the two Bills that may have caused him sleepless nights recently and air his concerns, formally” Duale said in a statement.

He said that Mr Atwoli should state the difference that his organization has made on the boards of NHIF and NSSF since inception and they are represented but the auditor general keeps raising audit queries form the two organizations . Duale questioned the double standards by the COTU secretary general. He said Atwoli should make a formal argument as to why they should be allowed to continue sitting on the two boards.

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Written by Merxcine Cush

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