The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has claimed that Deputy President William Ruto is digging his political grave by fighting President Uhuru's friends.

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Speaking on a live television programme shot on location in Mombasa on Tuesday, Mr Atwoli took issue with Dr Ruto's incessant attacks on veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

He said that the attacks on Raila Odinga were proof that the DP was not supporting the president.

"If he is supporting the president, why is he bashing the president's friends?. He would have joined them. You put on a brave face and say, "Raila we want to work with you." 

"It might not please you but for the purposes of waiting for your own time, you put on a brave face. You cannot be going to every meeting... Oh huyo mtu ni mganga. You are digging your own grave, " Atwoli said.

Atwoli claimed that the deputy president was being misadvised by those around him and that he needed proper advisers for his political advisers.

Chest-thumping was undercutting the DP's political prospects and could very well cost him the presidency, the flamboyant COTU Secretary General maintained.

The trade union boss has attracted the ire of Dr Ruto's allies for his constant attacks on the deputy president.