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COTU Boss Francis Atwoli must install rightful office holders at the Banking Union (BIFU) before he retires

RIP: Isaiah Kubai, Banking Finance and Insurance Union (BIFU) National Secretary General

In August 2022, Central Organisation of Trade Union Boss Francis Atwoli replied to a tweep (a Twitter user) that he is nearing retirement.

Cruelly, the reply coincided with the death of long-serving National Secretary General of the Banking Insurance and Finance Union (BIFU) Isaiah Kubai, may he rest in peace.

“This is a sad moment for us following the death of Bro. Isiah Kubai who was the GS of BIFU. We have called for a meeting to conduct a fundraiser in preparation for the burial on Friday in Meru. Because you come from those sides you should join us instead of peddling lies. Further, matters COTU (K) leadership is a COTU (K) constitutional issue and not an Atwoli issue. As of now, I am in office serving my last term,” Atwoli wrote on Twitter

Mr Kubai had been defeated in Union elections in 2016 but refused to leave office.

The financial industry staff in 2016 elected the following; Secretary-General Duncan Muthusi, Deputy Secretary-General Gabriel Okomo and Organizing Secretary Alphonce Were.

The late Kubai would go on to lose more cases against the trio.

Court cases

Bankers won in a court case filed by Duncan Muthusi before the Employment and Labour Relations court suing Isaiah Kubai and BIFU for blocking him and two others Alphonse Were and Gabriel Okomo from accessing the audited financial statements for the past 5 years, list of members, locations of branches.

Kubai had at first in 2018 agreed to provide this information to the three following Article 35 of the Constitution in the matter of section 23 of access to information Act No 31 of 2016.

But when they went to BIFU offices, they were arrested by some policemen that has been bribed by BIFU Boss and charged with ‘causing disturbance’.

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However, on the 29th November, 2019, Justice Byram Ongaya ordered BIFU to release the information to the three bankers.

‘The Applicant is hereby granted leave to enforce the order issued by the Commission on Administrative Justice conveyed to the respondents by the letter Ref. No. CM/ATI/FIN/000/9/19 — SNK dated 30.07.2019 and to enforce the order as a decree of the Honourable Court to the like effect of a decree of the Court’, the judge said.

The three had accused Mr. Kubai of running the union like a kiosk and as such, the information they sought will go a long way in diagnosing and correcting the ills of the Union even as required by the Union’s constitution.

BIFU Secretary General Isaiah Kubai is dead

BIFU Members have resolved to regain their union and engage the necessary government bodies: EACC, DCI, DPP, Asset Recovery Authority to bring this tyrant to justice.

Kubai lost another case on the same day.

His gag order stopping Alphonse Were and Duncan Muthusi from commenting about him was thrown out by the High Court sitting in Milimani, Nairobi.

Dear Francis Atwoli, as you retire, it is only proper that now that he is dead and gone, the law must follow its course and the duly elected leaders of BIFU assume office. Do it now!

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