Here Are The Men Guarding Francis Atwoli's Roadsign (PHOTOS)
On Wednesday, June 2, Mwangi visited the signpost but was amused to find three goons hired allegedly by Atwoli to guard it other than the CCTV he convinced Kenyans he erected around the area.
Activist Boniface Mwangi paid a visit to Dik Dik Avenue in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa Estate on Wednesday, June 2, which was renamed after COTU Secretary-General Francis Atwoli.
He had flown abroad to receive the Outstanding Youth Peacemaker award at the 9th annual Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony which was held at the University of Luxembourg as part of the Compassionate Leadership Summit on Climate, Health and Peace and the 5th Annual Transatlantic Dialogue conference. The event did not occur in 2020, as it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to his return, Mwangi vowed to pull down the sign again after it was uprooted on Sunday, May 30, only to be re-erected hours later. Atwoli had also confirmed that CCTV surveillance was also erected in the area while promising to take action on anyone found vandalising the signpost.
Men allegedly hired by Francis Atwoli to guard the roadsign in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa Estate named after him. /TWITTER
“I came from the womb of a brave woman. If that sign is still up when l come back home, l shall personally remove it.
"Atwoli you have violated chapter 6 of the constitution on integrity. Installing a camera to guard a road sign is a waste of our taxes to please your fat ego,” Boniface Mwangi responded to the COTU boss on Twitter.
On Wednesday, Mwangi visited the signpost but was amused to find three goons hired allegedly by Atwoli to guard it other than the CCTV he convinced Kenyans he erected around the area.
"I went to see the illegal sign on Dik Dik Road. I find it laughable Francis Atwoli has employed three goons to guard it. He thrives on violence and intimidation to get his way.
One of the men hired to guard Francis Atwoli's signpost on June 2, 2021. /TWITTER
"His CCTV is goons. We shall avoid confrontations but the sign will come down," he wrote on Twitter, amidst no apparent second thoughts on his initial promise.
Mwangi's mission to uproot the signpost was met with praise from scores of Kenyans who promised to defend him in the event he is arrested for honouring his promise of removing the signpost from the street.
"If you are wrongly or maliciously arrested undertaking the noble task of removing that eyesore from the street, I will get you a lawyer or pay for your legal services or represent you personally!" vowed Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi.
Atwoli via Twitter on Sunday stated that vandalization of the sign was tantamount to impunity and primitiveness.
“In a country that believes in the Rule of Law there are procedures and processes to be followed when unsatisfied. I am against anarchy, however, the police will look into that," he replied.
Two days before, Atwoli has dismissed claims that the signpost of the Kileleshwa road named after him was removed. This was after a picture of the signpost on a lorry circulated on social media fuelling speculations that it had been vandalized.
“Nothing was removed to make you happy, don’t waste your time celebrating fake news! God’s wish is Paramount,” Atwoli said.
Francis Atwoli's statement on Sunday, May 30 after his roadsign was re-erected after being pulled down. /FILE