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Daily Nation : February 25th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday February 25, 2014 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE United travel to Greek champions Olympiacos today in last 16 as Zenit host Borussia Dortmund . P.55 SPORT INSIDE SUPREMACY DUEL | Unions fight to control workers’ cash Now Pusetu, Cotu row over members ATHLETICS AK NAMES TEAM FOR 2014 CLUB GAMES Ednah and Florence Kiplagat to lead female marathoners at Commonwealth Games. P.55 Atwoli denies leading briefcase unions and blames Sossion for dispute BY AGGREY MUTAMBO @agmutambo email@example.com third episode of the tug of war with rival Pusetu played out yesterday. Pusetu accused Cotu of C Download the NMG PLAY app on Google Play and scan this QR code with your smart phone for pictures, videos and more stories. being composed of “mostly briefcase affiliate unions” and challenged its leadership to publish membership sizes of their affiliate unions. “Cotu cannot prove its membership of affiliate unions. Our affiliate unions are there for all to see and their membership can be verified,” Pusetu secretary-general Charles Mukhwaya said. Pusetu, the federation of public servants, rivals the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu). The root of the dispute is on who should represent Kenyan workers on boards of otu has been told to declare its exact membership as the “Cotu cannot prove its membership of affiliate unions. Our affiliate unions are there for all to see and their membership can be verified,” Pusetu secretarygeneral Charles Mukhwaya major government agencies, including the NSSF and the Labour Board. Cotu currently sits on these institutions as the workers’ representative. Cotu is also recognised by the International Trade Union Confederation, the global body of unions. But yesterday, Pusetu REACTION Publish list, dares Pusetu claimed Cotu is a “minor” organisation. However, Cotu boss Francis Atwoli dismissed the claims, saying Cotu has a long history. “We don’t need to prove our membership to anybody. Let them go to the registrar of trade unions, and even NSSF where our members contribute,” he told the Nation on phone. “Our history doesn’t need briefcase members. It is selftelling,” he added and blamed Knut secretary-general Wilson Sossion for engineering the war of words. “Sossion is a day dreamer, dreaming to be a trade unionist of my calibre.” Knut is a founding member of Pusetu. Pusetu, which is yet to launch officially, is composed of the Knut, Union of Kenya Civil Servants, Uasu and the university staff union. Dock workers, transport and allied workers and tailors and textiles workers have also announced they would join Pusetu. Cotu argues that it leads 1.5 million members through their respective unions. COURT |Woman denies fraud charge KEVIN ODIT | NATION Ms Susan Namlendo, a Ugandan, when she appeared before a Mombasa law court yesterday. She denied fraudulently obtaining Sh3.9 million from Ms Ruth Florence on diverse dates between January 10 and February 16 in Kisauni. She was released on a Sh1 million bond with one Kenyan surety.
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