President William Ruto has asked Cotu boss Francis Atwoli for forgiveness over remarks he made after the trade unionist asked Kenyans at his rural homes “to cut trees for he is not going to win the presidency”.
Ruto was speaking when he met western leaders at the kakamega state lodge on Thursday morning ahead of his 2-day working tour of the region.
“Atwoli had told people to cut down trees and I also know that as a young man, I might have disrespected him and for that, I ask him to forgive me,” Ruto said.
The ”apology” remarks by the Ruto come barely a week after he met the Cotu secretary general at State House Nairobi in what was highly regarded as a mending fence meeting.
Atwoli and Ruto could not see eye to eye in the run up to the general elections of 2022
Atwoli was a key figure in Raila Odinga presidential campaigns and in numerous occasion declares Ruto would never be president of Kenya.
At the Kakmega meeting, he even defended the President from attacks over his manifesto saying it is too early to judge him on what he promised Kenyans.