BY SHADRACK NYAKOE
Nairobi MCAS have passed a motion that will see Aerodrome Road along Nyayo National Stadium renamed to Douglas Wakiihuri.
Douglas Wakiihuri is the official trainer and coach to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
He is the first Kenyan Gold medalist at the World Marathon Championships in Rome 1987, London Marathon Champion 1989, Commonwealth Games Marathon Gold medalist 1990 and Word Cup Marathon champion 1995.
Wakiihuri is also the founding Director of Nairobi Sotokoto Safari Half Marathon and board member of the Ant-Doping Agency of Kenya and Special Olympics.
The mover of the motion Abraham Njihia who is the ward rep for Woodley/ Kenyatta Golf Course said heroes should be honored when they are still alive as a way of inspiring many Kenyans.
“Wakiihuri inspired many Kenyans who have gone to win various marathons across the globe,” said Njihia.
He added that the road will be launched by Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta before the weekend and latter hold a mini- marathon.
The move comes two weeks after COTU boss Francis Atwoli had a road renamed after him in Kileleshwa.
The move elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans with majority expressing their anger towards the Nairobi County and NMS for honoring the COTU boss when we have many deserving Kenyans.