The Francis Atwoli Road sign in Kileleshwa, Nairobi County, has yet again been vandalised.
Two weeks ago, unknown people removed the sign but this time round, they decided to set it ablaze.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, June 15, the COTU secretary general has downplayed the incineration of ‘his’ sign.
“Bringing down an honorary road signage under my name doesn’t hurt me. On the flip side, it will haunt, for life, those who are behind it. For how does it benefit them? How do you sleep at night knowing you are a vandal? My name is all over the world and one doesn’t require a street signage for them to know who Francis Atwoli is.
“The name will live in posterity taking into account my years of selfless service to the workers in Kenya and the world. If anything, the signage was just an act of honour bestowed to me by Nairobians taking into account my many years of service,” says Atwoli.
The move by Nairobi County Assembly to rename Dik Dik road after the veteran trade unionist did not sit well with a section of Nairobians.
While unveiling The Francis Atwoli Road, Nairobi acting Governor Anne Kananu said that it was in recognition of “his selfless contribution and agitating for the rights of Kenyan workers in the last 54 years.”
Dik Dik Road was renamed after a notice of motion was issued to the county assembly by Roysambu MCA Peter Warutere during a special sitting.
The MCAs did not debate for approval or rejection as is the tradition, with Kenyans saying the whole process was irregular.