Kenyan Youths Burn Down Francis Atwoli Kileleshwa Road Sign

The Francis Atwoli Road signpost along Kileleshwa, Nairobi has been vandalised, and burnt in the wee hours of Tuesday by yet to be identified persons.

This comes barely two weeks after the same signpost near Kenya High School was removed.

Atwoli who condemned the move says the vandalisation is “an act of impunity and primitiveness.”

He added that in a country that believes in the rule of law there are established procedures for resolving grievances.

“I am against anarchy and the police will look into it,” he said.

Nairobi County Government named the road in May after Atwoli, in a ceremony led by the Acting Governor, Ann Kananu alongside other county officials.

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Vandals burn down road sign named after COTU Secretary-General Francis Atwoli

The signpost which was changed from Dik Dik Road in honour of the COTU secretary-general to Francis Atwoli road has attracted uproar from Kenyans since it was renamed.

Security guards manned the post during the day when it was instated.

Pictures of the signpost circulated on social media, on Tuesday morning showing how it was burnt using old tyres.

During the ceremony of recognition, Atwoli said it was in honour of his service to Kenyan workers.

The National Addressing System Strategy Development and Implementation Committee of Kenya proposed in June 2017, new rules prohibiting the use of names of living persons.

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The rules abolished any changes to existing street names. Reacting to the incident, the COTU boss on Twitter said “bringing down an honorary road signage under my name does not hurt me.”

The proposed guidelines states that the CS for information and communications through the Communications Authority of Kenya, would have oversight responsibility regarding the national policy and standards on street-naming and property numbering.

The county also renamed Nairobi’s Accra Road to Kenneth Matiba in honour of the veteran politician, who died three years ago.

Yesterday, Atwoli was re-elected for a fourth time as ILO member in Geneva during the 109th Virtual Session of the International Labour Conference, ILC.

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