The High Court issued a decision on Thursday, December 30, regarding the hidden improvements taking place at the historic Uhuru Park, Nairobi.
According to Justice Edward Wabwoto, who declined to lift the initial order stopping the repairs, doing so would defeat a case filed last month by the Communist Party of Kenya, which had sought to have the improvements stopped (CPK).
Touted as a legacy project for the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and, as a result, for President Uhuru Kenyatta, the body in charge of the renovations was in control of the project before the order was officially issued by the government.
According to a plea filed by NMS head General Mohammed Badi, he was not served, and as a result, the order was issued without hearing his side of the story.
The assertion, on the other hand, failed to persuade the judge, who stated that Badi was unable to establish at that point that he was never personally served.
"I find that the service was carried out appropriately and that all of the respondents, including the second respondent, were satisfied (Lt Gen Badi). "At this point, the second respondent has no choice but to assert that he was never personally served," the judge ruled.
CPK had objected to the restorations, claiming that the procedure would have a negative impact on the environment as a result of the widespread tree cutting and demolition.
"Additionally, the first Respondent has begun the process of removing the green lawn of grass at the Park and replacing it with concrete cement blocks, a move that, if not stopped by this Court, will significantly degrade the botanical and environmental qualities of the Park to the detriment of Nairobi residents, who have been the primary beneficiaries of the Park." "According to the CPK©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.