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High Court overturns decision to rename road to Francis Atwoli

The High Court has overturned orders to rename Dik Dik road in Nairobi to COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli.

Delivering the verdict was Justice Anthony Mrima who noted that before such a decision if done there should be public paticpartion.

“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,” said Mrima

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According to court documents, the case had been filed by Dik Dik Gardens Residents Association who include Arnold Kipkoti, Adan Kanchoro Mulata and Anuj Rajani as named before the court.

The association confirmed that they were never consulted on the name change by the County Government of Nairobi when they have been maintaining the road by themselves and not the Kenya Urban Roads Authority.

Nairobi City County Government through their lawyer noted that it was impossible to conduct public participation before renaming a road.

Atwoli was also made aware that he the duty to ensure that the due procedure was followed before the road was renamed after him.

““Atwoli was to at least ensure there was public engagement before the decision was made so as to be off the hook in going against the constitution and the law,” said Judge Mrima

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