Forest Road renamed Prof Wangari Maathai Road
Environmentalist Wangari Maathai, multi-partyism champion Charles Rubia and patriotic religious leader Cardinal Otunga will be honoured by the county
Three roads in Nairobi will be renamed after heroes and heroines, Governor Evans Kidero said yesterday.
He said Forest Road will be named after environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who died on September 25, 2011.
Cross Road will be named after the multi-party crusader Charles Rubia, while the road between City Hall Annexe and Cardinal Otunga Plaza running up to Uhuru Highway will be Cardinal Otunga Road.
The governor said this in a speech read on his behalf by county secretary Robert Ayisi during the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Pumwani Sports Ground.
Kidero said Maathai participated in the struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation.
“Maathai stopped the construction of a 60-storey Kenya Times Media Trust Complex in Uhuru Park, which was intended to house the headquarters of Kanu, the Kenya Times newspaper, a trading centre, offices, an auditorium, galleries and shopping malls,” he said.
The late Maathai’s efforts in conserving Karura Forest by planting trees and fighting those plotting to grab the land should not go unrecognised, the governor said.
He said Maurice Cardinal Otunga was a patriotic religious leader who valued the nation and its people.
“He fought and condemned bad vices in government like corruption, which he saw as perverting the human moral order. He was a key figure in Africa for change. He witnessed the religious, socio-economic and political transformation of Kenya,” Kidero said.
Otunga was the first Kenyan to be elevated bishop and cardinal of the Catholic Church.
He said Rubia, the first African mayor of Nairobi, led calls for multi-party democracy and Cross Road will be renamed “in recognition of his efforts of championing multi-partyism”.
Nairobi Health chief officer Sam Ocholla, county secretary Robert Ayisi and chief officer Andrew Mwanthi at the Pumwani Sports Ground, Nairobi, yesterday during Mashujaa Day celebrations