On Thursday, December 30, the High Court ruled on the ongoing secret renovations in famous Uhuru Park.
Judge Edward Wabwoto refused to lift the initial order to stay the renovations, noting that if the opposite happened it would derail a case filed last month by the Communist Party of Kenya (CPK).
Hailed as the project inherited from Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and therefore President Uhuru Kenyatta, the entity was in charge of the renovations before the order was initially given.
An image of Uhuru Park
Filing a petition, the head of the NMS, General Mohammed Badi, claimed that he had not been served, therefore the order was given without hearing his point of view.
The request, however, did not convince the judge who noted that Badi could not choose to argue at this point that he had never been personally served.
“I find service to have been properly done and all Respondents including 2nd Respondent (Lt Gen Badi). Second Respondent cannot choose at this point to assert that he was never personally served.” , said the judge.
CPK had contested the renovations, noting that the process would have a negative impact on the environment due to the logging and massive demolitions of trees.
âThe first defendant also initiated a process of replacing the park’s green lawn with concrete cement blocks, an action which, if not blocked by this Court, will significantly degrade the botanical and environmental qualities of the park in the past. detriment of Nairobi. residents who have benefited the most, âsaid CPK.
The park has sparked heated conversations in recent months with part of Kenyans alleging that the ongoing demolitions were part of the government’s ploy to seize the land.
This was however downplayed by President Uhuru Kenyatta who noted that the renovations were part of the government’s plans to improve the living standards of Kenyans.
“Those who say we caught Uhuru and the central parks – take photos so Kenyans can see the work going on here. We are doing it to improve the lives of citizens and to make them feel proud of Nairobi and our country, âUhuru said in his recent speech. Nairobi highway tour.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was accompanied by Infrastructure CS James Macharia and NMS DG Mohamed Badi to inspect the highway on December 23, 2021.