Honour­ing role–model he­roes a good idea

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Nairobi Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero is to be com­mended for renaming three roads in the city af­ter na­tional he­roes on the oc­ca­sion of Mashu­jaa Day yes­ter­day (see P23).

For­est Road will be named af­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Wan­gari Maathai, Kenya’s first fe­male pro­fes­sor and No­bel lau­re­ate. She fought epic ad­vo­cacy bat­tles, in­clud­ing against Pres­i­dent Moi and Kanu, to con­serve Karura For­est and Uhuru Park.

Cross Road will be named af­ter the mul­ti­party cru­sader Charles Ru­bia, the first African mayor of Nairobi also led calls for multi-party democ­racy.

The road be­tween City Hall An­nex and Car­di­nal Otunga Plaza run­ning up to Uhuru High­way will be­come Car­di­nal Otunga Road. He was the first Kenyan African to be con­se­crated a bishop and then a car­di­nal of the Catholic Church.

Kidero’s ex­am­ple is worth em­u­lat­ing else­where. In a coun­try with such a mas­sive youth bulge as Kenya’s, it is im­por­tant to know who our he­roes and hero­ines are and what kind of role mod­els they are.

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