Atwoli Reacts After His Road Sign in Kileleshwa is Pulled Down

  • COTU Sec General Francis Atwoli (left) and the vandalised road sign
    COTU Sec General Francis Atwoli (left) and the vandalised road sign
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  • Update: The Nairobi County Government has reinstalled the sign for Francis Atwoli Road in Kileleshwa estate. 

    In addition to cementing the sign to the ground, the county also installed a CCTV camera for the security of the area.

    "If you think you came from the moon go try to remove it again," Atwoli warned.


    COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has responded after the road sign that was named in his honour was pulled down by unknown people.

    The road sign was unveiled on Thursday, May 27, in the presence of Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu and other leaders.

    However, barely hours after its launch it had already been vandalised and uprooted.

    Condemning the incident, Atwoli noted that the incident amounted to impunity and primitiveness.

    The vandalised road sign named after Francis Atwoli
    The vandalised road sign named after Francis Atwoli in Kileleshwa.
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    "In a country that believes in rule of law, there are procedures and processes to be followed when unsatisfied. I am against anarchy. However, the police will look into that," he stated.

    The sign had resulted in outrage from a section of Kenyans online who did not see it fit to have the road renamed. 

    The road formerly known as DikDik Road was renamed Francis Atwoli Road, after the veteran trade unionist.

    "This road has been renamed after my good friend and brother bwana Francis Atwoli in recognition of his selfless contribution and agitating for the rights of the Kenyan workers in the last 54 years," Kananu noted.

    Speaking during the event, Atwoli expressed his gratitude for the honour.

    "I am really grateful for this kind gesture. No one has honoured me in this way. Thank you, madam Governor," he stated.

    In 2021, Accra Road was renamed Kenneth Matiba road and Eastleigh first avenue renamed Yusuf Hajji avenue.

    In 2016, Forest Road was renamed Wangari Maathai Road, Cross Road in the CBD was renamed after veteran multi-partyism crusader Charles Rubia.

    The road between City Hall Annex and Cardinal Otunga Plaza to Uhuru Highway is now Cardinal Otunga Road.

    A road named after COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli unveiled on Thursday, May 27
    A road named after COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli unveiled on Thursday, May 27
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