Friends of City Park protest against ‘covert plot’ to grab land, say bea­cons erected at the week­end

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi -

The Friends of City Park have raised the alarm over what they call a new plot to grab the land.

As­sis­tant ad­min­is­tra­tor Sylvia Ochanda yes­ter­day said new bea­cons were put up at the week­end. She said they were placed be­hind and in front of the main park­ing area, down to the Boscowen Col­lec­tion point.

“The covert op­er­a­tion was ex­e­cuted when few peo­ple were present. It is ironic that just af­ter cel­e­brat­ing Mashu­jaa Day, the park would again be put un­der threat,” Ochanda said.

Last month, the Friends of City Park held a meet­ing with res­i­dents, NGOs and busi­nesses at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Kenya to dis­cuss how to con­serve and pro­tect the park.

They re­solved that a multi-agency team be formed to man­age the park and a fence be erected to pro­tect it. Friends of City Park chair­per­son Cather­ine Ngarachu said the park was orig­i­nally 90ha, but 30ha have been grabbed by pri­vate de­vel­op­ers since 1923, when it was de­clared a pub­lic util­ity.

/MONICAH MWANGI

City park on Septem­ber 4, 2015

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