Mbagathi Way will be renamed after ODM leader Raila Odinga after the Nairobi County Assembly approved the motion sponsored by Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok seeking to have the road’s name change. According to the member of the County Assembly, the former prime minister has greatly improved Kenya’s democratic and economic development and hence should be honored when still alive.
”He fought for greater democratic space, good governance, rule of law, and development of infrastructure against many odds, including detention without trial for 10 years. I will personally reach out to the Deputy Governor to see to it that Mbagathi Way is renamed after Raila,” the Makongeni MCA said on Tuesday while moving the motion before Nairobi Assembly.
The Maongeni MCA’s remarks were backed by nominated MCA Mary Arivisa who further proposed that other public institutions along Mbagathi Way should be renamed after the ODM leader.
“We had written to the Ministry to rename Mbagathi Primary School to Raila Odinga Primary School but it was a challenge since it was named after the road. Now that the name of the road will be changed, it shouldn’t be a problem,” she argued.
The county assembly’s implementation committee will now inform the executive of the approved motion. The executive will approve or reject the motion.
This year, three roads have been renamed after motions being approved by the county assembly
In March, Eastleigh First Avenue lane was renamed Mohammed Yusuf Haji Avenue in honour of the Garissa senator who died in February. Other roads that have been renamed are Accra road after the late Kenneth Matiba in March, Eastleigh First Avenue after the late Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji as well as Kapiti Crescent road in South B after Joe Kadenge.
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