MPs Push For A Nairobi road To Be Named After Raila Odinga

Kenyan lawmaker Muturi Kigano wants Mbagathi road in Nairobi named after the Chief opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Mr Kigano made the suggestion on Tuesday, July 6, during a debate in the National Assembly that suggesting the renaming of the country’s Karura Forest after the late Nobel Laurette Wangari Maathai.

The proposal was backed by his colleague Moitalele Kenta who stated that the ODM party boss is an icon who deserves recognition.

Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga

 This comes barely two months after Kileleshwa road in Kenya’s capital was renamed after Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli.

Nairobi Deputy Governor Ann Kananu’s decision was criticized by a section of Kenyans who insisted Atwoli does not deserve the honour he was rewarded.

However, the vibrant unionist dismissed his critics, saying he deserves to be named after big roads.

“I don’t need to lobby for such a small road. I need a bigger road than that… Jogoo road should have been named after me,” said Atwoli.

Kananu also defended the renaming of the Nairobi road after him.

“This road has been named after my good friend and brother Francis Atwoli in recognition of his selfless contribution and agitating for the rights of Kenyan workers in the last 54 years,” said Anne Kananu.

Kenya’s law states that a road should be named after the dead.  Atwoli has called for its amendment.

“Let heroes be celebrated when they are alive. Do anything when I am still alive not to come to my funeral and praise me. I will curse you!” Atwoli said

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