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Court blames Atwoli for failing to follow legal guidelines.

•Judge says Atwoli cannot now hide under the rest of the County and claim that he was not the one who made the impugned decision.

A Nairobi high court has revoked a decision that named Dik Dik Road in Kileleshwa, Nairobi after COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli.

In the ruling delivered byJustice Anthony Mrima, court ruled on Monday that there was no public participation in the decision to rename the road.

“Such a decision called for public engagement prior to being made. Such processes would have been carried out in parliament or in the county assembly of the Nairobi city county.”Ruled Justice Mrima.

Formerly known as Dik Dik Road, the street was renamed Francis Atwoli Road in honour of the trade unionist in May 2021 by the Nairobi County government.

The renaming of the road was later challenged in court  by the Dik Dik Gardens Residents Association.

Dik Dik Gardens is a residential estate located between Kenya High School, Gem Lane and Riverside Drive in Kileleshwa within Nairobi City County.

Arnold Kipkoti, Adan Kanchoro Mulata and Anuj Rajani were listed as the officials and representatives of the Association. They are also the ones who petitioned the court.

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The signage was however removed and set on fire by unknown people shortly after that before Atwoli announced that the county government had re-erected it and put CCTV in place to monitor it from vandals.

The burning down of the sign elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans on social media with some condemning the act while others supported the destruction.

September 25, 2023

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