By Derrick Kiplagat
Members of the County Assembly of Nairobi on Tuesday passed a motion to rename Limuru Road after the late environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Wangari Maathai. Introducing the motion, Karura MCA Kamau Thuo stated that Prof. Maathai’s hard work and tireless efforts to conserve the environment should be recognized by naming the road after her.
Mr. Thuo added that ever since the country got its independence, roads have been named and renamed to honor heroes and heroines who have greatly contributed in the building of the nation. “Sandra Road was renamed Koinange Street, Lord Delamere Road renamed Kenyatta Avenue and Government Road renamed Moi Avenue. It is high time the county renames Limuru Road after this great heroine,” he said.
Thuo added that the Late Professor Wangari Maathai was conferred 15 honorary degrees by institutions across the world for her active participation towards the well being of humanity. Nominated MCA Alex Mudi said that almost all the roads in the city are renamed after men, a trend he said should change.
He added that renaming the road after Prof. Maathai will help infuse the hardworking culture amongst women.
On the other hand, Karen MCA David Mberia said that the executive would not rename the road. He said, “I sponsored a similar motion to have all roads named after foreigners and foreign places renamed after local heroes and heroines, but the executive did not act even after this assembly passed the motion.”
Early this year, the African Union honored Prof. Maathai by naming the front gardens at its headquarters in Addis Ababa after her, naming it Wangari Maathai Gardens. The late Prof. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 to help in the campaign against deforestation.