Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli speaks on Kileleshwa road that was named after him.
Speaking during a press address on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Nakuru County, the COTU boss insisted that Dik Dik road was renamed the Francis Atwoli road by the county government due to his contributions to the city.
According to Atwoli, the suggestion was made by an MCA in the Nairobi County Assembly and the response was unanimous and that he had absolutely nothing to do with it.
“I have never met the boy who did the proposal (for the road to be named after me), I’m told the young man is an MCA from Ngara, and when he mentioned my name the Assembly went wild, it was unanimous. I was just told that on such a day they would be honouring me and that if I’m around I should avail myself,” Atwoli said.
“I didn’t lobby for that, I don’t need to lobby for such a small road, I’m known worldwide. These small road people who are making noise, it is just about being envious for nothing. Let heroes be celebrated when they’re alive, don’t name a road after me when I’m dead, I will curse you. I was born in Nairobi, I lived in Nairobi, I need a bigger road than that, they should’ve name Jogoo Road, formerly Donholm Road in Eastlands where I was born, after me.”
“I have a lot of volunteers and supporters who have said they will be going there to look for those guys who are doing those things (vandalising). Some few disgruntled politicians and bloggers are behind it for nothing because they want to blackmail me. The other day they said I married a 23-year-old girl yet I was with my wife at the Coast,” He added.
This comes after the images of the Francis Atwoli road sign, formerly named Dik Dik road, in Kileleshwa being burnt down emerged on social media on Tuesday, June 17, 2021.
The trade unionist however down played the act of burning down the road sign saying it will not affect him as he is already known world over.
“Bringing down an honorary road signage under my name doesn’t hurt me. On the flip side, it will haunt, for life, those who are behind it. For how does it benefit them? How do you sleep at night knowing you are a vandal?” Atwoli said.
“My name is all over the world and one doesn’t require a street signage for them to know who Francis Atwoli is. The name will live in posterity taking into account my years of selfless service to the workers in Kenya and the world”
“If anything, the signage was just an act of honour bestowed to me by Nairobians taking into account my many years of service,” He added.