FRANCIS ATWOLI

Atwoli points to tribalism over vandalised road sign

The signage of the road has been vandalised twice in three weeks.

In Summary

•In a statement on Wednesday as he responded to an editorial by the Star, Atwoli insisted that Kenyans should stop condemning things for the sake of it.

•The Star said Nairobi County should reverse its decision and let the name Dik Dik Road stay because rules were not followed in naming the road.

Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli with Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu
Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli with Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu
Image: FRANCIS ATWOLI

Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli has said that the criticism he has been subjected to after Dik Dik Road was named after him, is covered in tribalism.

In a statement on Wednesday as he responded to an editorial by the Star, Atwoli insisted that Kenyans should stop condemning things for the sake of it.

"Most of the criticisms are without doubt thinly-veiled tribalism. This is not good for a multicultural, multiethnic and multi-religious society," Atwoli said.

The editorial by the Star had called for the reversal of the renaming of Dik Dik Road in Kileleshwa to Francis Atwoli Road.

The Star said Nairobi County should reverse its decision and let the name Dik Dik Road stay because rules were not followed in naming the road.

In June 2017, the National Addressing System Strategy Development and Implementation Committee prohibited changing street names to those of  living persons.

However, the Cotu boss cited various leaders who, according to him should have been celebrated while they were still alive, among them; Wangari Mathai, Oginga Odinga, Masinde Muliro, Tom Mboya, Ronald Ngala.

"To put it bluntly, the editorial by the Star newspaper is misplaced," he said.

Atwoli said that celebrating these people while alive would have encouraged them to continue doing to good work selflessly in society.

He noted that the same has been done for other people in Kenya and other parts of the world but it has never been a problem.

"If our history is anything to go by, President Jomo Kenyatta, President Moi and President Kibaki were honoured and celebrated whilst alive. And as a patriotic Kenyan, I must say, this was a good thing," Atwoli said.

He added, "There is nothing wrong with honouring great men and women that this country has produced when they are still alive just as much as there is nothing wrong with revieweing and honouring a deceased person."

Three weeks ago, the Nairobi County Government named Dik Dik Road in Kileleshwa after Cotu Secretary General, Francis Atwoli.

The move did not settle well with several people and this has seen the signage bearing his name get vandalised twice.

A few days after it was erected, unknown individuals took down the signage, which was later on erected.

On Tuesday morning, Kenyans woke up to pictures of the signage which had been set ablaze, by unknown individuals.

A team was later sent to repaint the signage.