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

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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”.

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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

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