A giant airplane that only appears from certain angles has been moved to the historic Uhuru Park Gardens in Nairobi. The mysterious airplane is said to be one of many exciting features introduced at the park. The park has been undergoing renovations since September 2021 under the tutelage of NMS. It’s been nearly 12 months since the process to restore green spaces in the capital and transform them to international park standards began in earnest.
The plane, which was refurbished by workers at the park and added to a catalogue of new features Kenyans will get to enjoy once the park reopens, was towed into the park on August 5 during afternoon hours.
“It was transported to this place on a lorry. The rear part of the plane was totally damaged and appeared to be covered with soot,” Agnes Mumbi, a trader in Nairobi told Wananchi Reporting.
It has since undergone restoration, and now boasts a fresh coat of blue and white paint; and it’s looking good.
“Those who unloaded it said it is likely to be converted into a small hotel where those visiting the park will eat at a fee,” added Mumbi.
The park will have modern gates, walkways and fountains with swanky lawns. Boda-boda riders will also serve both Central and Uhuru Park. The Nairobi Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Company (NMWS) Director Major General Mohammed Badi said the rehabilitation of Uhuru Park was aimed at improving its look.
The park hosted several historic events, including the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution. It was at this same venue that then-president Mwai Kibaki took power after the 2002 elections in an event attended by thousands of Kenyans. The park is a 12.9-hectare recreational park adjacent to the central business district of Nairobi and was opened to the public by the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on May 23, 1969.