NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 – The Nairobi County Government says three roads will be named after heroes because of their selfless humility and desire to bring change in their respective fields.
County Secretary Robert Ayisi told Capital FM News that Forest Road will be renamed after Wangari Maathai who through the Green Belt Movement opposed several attempts to degrade forests and public parks.
He also cited Cardinal Otunga as a humble Christian who did not focus so much on materialism but instead lived a simple life while serving others in the community.
“Kenya has had many heroes and heroines. We singled out as we did for example Professor Wangari Maathai. She was an environmentalist who had many firsts. The first woman in East and Central Africa to get a doctorate degree, was a professor and had many accomplishments,” he said.
Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.
Ayisi stated that the process of designing the signage is currently underway and once complete, the families of the heroes will be invited to witness the unveiling.
“The Director of Engineering is currently putting up signage and then on the day it will be unveiled, we are going to inform their families so that they can be present,” he indicated.
He explained that the late Cardinal Maurice Otunga who was the first African bishop, will be honoured for fighting for human rights and dignity of the African people.
He said that the first African Mayor of Nairobi City Charles Rubia was cited for leading calls for multi-party democracy in the early 1990s.
He pointed out that in 1990, together with Kenneth Matiba, Rubia led calls for multi-party democracy and was subsequently detained.
He stated that Forest Road will be renamed Professor Wangari Maathai road, Cross Road Charles Rubia Road and the road between City Hall Annexe going past Cardinal Otunga plaza up to Uhuru highway will now be known as Cardinal Otunga road.
Ayisi said that the county will honour the trio for their efforts in championing different causes during their lifetimes.