I need a bigger road to be named after me, and when I am alive, COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli now says.
Speaking on Thursday, June 17 in Nairobi, the COTU boss castigated people behind the burning of a signpost of a road named after him in Kileleshwa, insisting that they are only but jealous of him.
The trade unionist now says that Dik Dik Road, which was renamed to Francis Atwoli Road by Nairobi County Assembly, is a small road bearing in mind his stature in the labour sector. According to Atwoli, what he has accomplished warrants “a bigger road.”
“A small road people are making noise, and it is just because of envy, being envious for nothing. Let heroes be celebrated when they are alive. Don’t name a road after me when I’m dead. Don’t come to praise me when I’m dead, I’ll curse you. I need a bigger road to be named after me. They would have named Jogoo Road after me because that is where I was born. I need a bigger road to be named after me, and when I’m alive,” said the firebrand trade unionist.
He maintains that no amount of theatrics concerning Francis Atwoli Road will deter him from doing what he does best- championing for the rights of workers not just in Kenya but the whole world.
“I also have supporters…There are workers who have volunteered that they will look for those guys who burnt the signpost. You can see how they can kill me, if they can do that to a road, if given a chance they can kill me,” added Atwoli.
Cat and mouse game on Atwoli road
Earlier this week, the Francis Atwoli Road sign was set ablaze by unknown people, this coming week after it was removed.