Until a petition contesting the project is heard and decided, the Environment and Lands Court has issued orders suspending ongoing work at Uhuru Park Grounds. The Kenya Communist Party filed a complaint saying that the respondents, including the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and the Nairobi County Assembly, are chopping down trees and destroying the park's flora and fauna.
According to court documents, "the first respondent has also started the process of replacing the green lawn of grass at the park with concrete cement blocks, an action that, unless halted by this Court, will greatly degrade the botanical and environmental qualities of the park to the detriment of Nairobi residents who have been the greatest beneficiaries of the same."
Furthermore, they claim that the respondents have already desecrated the park's historic pavilion and seek to desecrate the park's other historic sites. The petitioner also contends that the project is cloaked in secrecy and that no public consultation was performed prior to the park's construction.
"The project is cloaked in secrecy, with the entire park closed to the public, and the petitioner's attempts to obtain information about the project from the first and second respondents have failed. In connection with this project, Processional Way and other park-connected walkways were blocked to the public without warning or alternate options. The entrances to the aforementioned pathways have been sealed off by military officers armed to the teeth, presumed to be under the authority of the 2nd respondent," the filing states.
The party wants the court to order that the park be restored to its previous status, including opening it to the public, planting grass and trees, and rebuilding the main pavilion.
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