Calls for renaming of Isiolo international airport escalate
SEE ALSO :True value of the blue economy to KenyaKariithi said the name Isiolo created the impression the airport "belonged" to Isiolo. “Jomo Kenyatta is an inclusive name because he fought for Kenyans' freedom, just like Mwariama. We do not want a name change just for the sake of it. I am happy some of our leaders have embraced the idea,” he said. Kariithi also appealed for more involvement of Merus in business activities at the airport. “We want a bigger stake at the airport in terms of employment opportunities for people from Meru and even business opportunities as the airport grows.” But Hussein Mohamed, the chairman of the Isiolo Leaders Consortium, said local leaders would not support the calls for name change, arguing the airport was in Isiolo town.
SEE ALSO :New team to drive Kenya's vision“We are against the proposal. The national government planned and designed the airport and named it Isiolo. We cannot just wake up and decide to change the name,” he said. Mr Mohamed said the airport was part of the Vision 2030 projects, with a resort city also in the planning.