Youths deployed by the Nairobi county leadership and COTU Secretary general Francis Atwoli, have today erected a rebranded road signage in honour of the trade unionist. The signage, that had been erected in Kileleshwa’s Dik Dik Road, had been burnt down by unknown criminals, defacing it completely.
Kenyans have been asking why the signage has received too much attention, with a faction opposing the decision by acting Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu to name the street after Atwoli. They opined that Atwoli has veered from his role as a worker’s representative, owing to his active involvement in Kenya’s politics, and is not worth honouring.
Atwoli however rubbished the dissenting opinions stating that he did not lobby for the honour. The flamboyant COTU boss added that a union leader of his stature deserved to be honoured by 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.