slum residents put up a new atwoli sign, vow to protect it.

Francis Atwoli [photo courtesy]>

Francis Atwoli [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa June 23, 2021

Residents from Dandora, Kibera, Korogocho, Mukuru Kayaba, Mukuru kwa Reuben and Kariobangi have contributed money to repair and reconstruct the Atwoli Road signage in Kileleshwa that had been vandalized several times.

Last week Nairobi residents woke up Tuesday morning to loads of images of Francis Atwoli Road, up in flames.

Before that, barely hours after its launch, it had already been vandalized and uprooted.

Atwoli said that he did not lobby for the road to be named after him and had not met the MCA who tabled the motion in Nairobi County Assembly.

"I don't need to lobby for that small road. I am known worldwide; those making noise are just envious," said Atwoli, adding that a bigger road like Jogoo Road in Eastlands, where he was born, should be renamed after him.

He, however, said that people should be celebrated when they are alive.

"Don't name a road after I am dead. If you have to do anything, do it when I am still alive, call me to parties. But don't come to my funeral and start praising me that I was a powerful trade unionist," he added.

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