The exercise was held by delegates at the Tom Mboya Labour college, Kisumu County. Atwoli will now serve for another five years until 2026.
In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, April 9, the unionist expressed his gratitude to the Kenyan workers for electing him through their registered Trade Union Representatives.
“I promise to service you with all my might and strength and not betray the trust you have bestowed in me,” read an excerpt of the statement.
Previously, Atwoli and Panyako were embroiled in a fight over the COTU seat. The nurses union boss, who was also eyeing the seat, accused Atwoli of using unorthodox means to retain the seat.
Panyako had wanted the elections held after May 26, 2021, when Atwoli’s term would come to an end.
kenyagist.com reached out to Panyako for comment after Atwoli’s win but our calls went unanswered.
Atwoli was first elected as COTU Secretary-General in 2001. He took over from the late Joseph Joy Mugalla.