The Environment and Lands Court has issued orders stopping ongoing renovations at Uhuru Park Grounds pending hearing of a petition challenging the exercise.
This is after the Communist Party of Kenya moved to court arguing that respondents including Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) County Assembly are cutting down trees, which they argue will destroy flora & fauna in addition to historic sites already destroyed by them like Pavilion at park grounds as well intentioned plans for future destruction if not stopped immediately Further more , it was argued there have been numerous environmental crimes committed against this country such as mining over population increases because those practices harm both humans.
“The project is shrouded in secrecy, where the whole Park has been blocked from the public, and all attempts by the Petitioner to gain information on the Project from the 1st and 2nd Respondents have failed,” reads the documents.
“In connection to this project, Processional Way and other pathways that are connected to the Park have been closed off to the public without any notices and without any alternatives being offered. Military officers armed to the teeth, assumed to be under the command of the 2nd Respondent, have cordoned off the entrances to the said pathways.”
The Communist Party of Kenya wants the court to order that the park be reinstated to its position before the renovations, including opening the Park to the public, planting grass, planting trees and rebuilding the main pavilion.