Francis Atwoli's family should consider checking the old man in psychiatric clinic - Boni Khalwale
Erick Kombo Ndubi|April. 16, 2019
- Khalwale said Atwoli should have a medical check up to ascertain his sanity
- The former senator said the COTU boss has no legal or moral authority to stop anyone from vying for the presidency
- The Kakamega politician was responding to the unionist's sentiments of his political fate and that of DP Ruto
- He said it was against Luhya traditions for any old man to curse a child
Former Kakamega Senator has hit back at Secretary General for Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Francis Atwoli saying the old man needs medical checkup to ascertain his sanity.
While speaking to residents of Lamu during a womens' sacco fundraiser on Saturday, April 13, Atwoli claimed Kenya will have a new Constitution ahead of the 2022 General Election and boldly affirmed William Ruto would not appear anywhere in the contest to State House.
Further, the 69-year-old fiery trade unionist poured cold water on Khalwale's 2022 gubernatorial ambitions saying he won't become the next Kakamgega governor after exit of Wycliffe Oparanya.
In a rejoinder, Khalwale, on Tuesday, April 16, during AM Live TV show, said it was wrong for the trade unionist to cast a spell on their fate which he said it was against the Luhya traditions.
"If Atwoli was adhering to Luhya culture, he would be knowing that any old man cannot purport to curse a child. Atwoli should be informed that the only old man who can curse a child is the father, and in fact the models of cursing are well defined in our culture how a father or mother can curse," he said.
"The family of mzee Atwoli should consider checking him in a psychiatric clinic because the old man is unwell. I hear one of his children is a psychiatrist, he should check on his father," he added.
The two leaders from mulembe nation have recently been embroiled in nasty verbal attacks over the unity and political trajectory of the community.
The war of words between the two became apparent when the former senator took a unexpected turn to support Ruto's presidential ambitions despite having opposed him strongly prior to the 2017 General Elections.