Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga could be the last audience to have a road in Nairobi named after a county legislator to pass a petition funded by a minor whip whip Peter Imwatok.
The motion, which was tabled last week and is expected to be tabled this week, calls for Mbagathi Way to be renamed Raila Odinga Road, perhaps recognizing the former prime minister’s contribution to the country’s growth and promotion of good governance, democracy and development. Infrastructure.
Mr Imwatok (Makongeni, ODM) noted that it was under the leadership of the former Lang'ata MP as Minister of Roads and Public Works in 2005 that plans for the construction of Mbagathi Way had been discussed. A second-term neighborhood representative added that Odinga also fought for democracy, good governance and the rule of law in a hard and narrow way, which resulted in his unconditional detention for 10 years.
"[We should] appreciate worthy leaders who are still alive [rather than] when they die," Mr Imwatok said. He said Odinga continued his commitment to the country by negotiating peace with former President Mwai Kibaki and current President Uhuru Kenyatta, which has earned him international recognition. He further added that Mr Odinga's development base saw him recognized by the African Union for his appointment as Chief Representative for Infrastructure Development.
"It saddens me that people who have not done anything to have a positive impact on society are valued more than those who have volunteered, as well as giving their lives for the benefit of our country," said Mr Imwatok. This is not the first time politicians have suggested the idea that Mbagathi Way bears Mr Odinga's name.
In June, Kangema MP Muturi Kigano, chairman of the parliamentary committee on justice and law, made similar comments. This year alone, three streets have been renamed Town Hall and Town Hall.
path In March, Eastleigh First Avenue Lane was renamed Mohammed Yusuf Haji Avenue in honor of former Senator Garissa who died in February. Kapiti Crescent South B Road was named in honor of football legend Joe Kadenge while Accra Road was renamed in honor of "second liberation" hero Kenneth Matiba.
The motion to rename the street in honor of a celebrity must first be approved by the assembly. The central committee writes to the county executive advising them to approve the motion, which may implement or deny the request. In May, Governor Ann Kananu renamed Dik Dik Road in Kileleshwa in honor of the unity of Francis Atwoli. However, the move resulted in a curse, as the sign was removed several times.