Uhuru Gardens transformation welcome

Courts should not be used to block progressive actions meant to restore some of the dilapidated public facilities

In Summary

• With President Uhuru Kenyatta's intervention and military involvement, what was unveiled yesterday after an 18-month closure was a marvelling.

• Though it is still work in progress, there is a complete makeover with a grand arena in place. A museum is underway.

Members of the public at Uhuru Gardens during the 57th Jamhuri Day celebrations on December 12, 2021.
Members of the public at Uhuru Gardens during the 57th Jamhuri Day celebrations on December 12, 2021.
Image: MERCY MUMO

Uhuru Gardens located along Lang'ata Road has a special place in the country's history.

It is here that the Union Jack was lowered, marking the end of colonialism from the British and Kenya's flag raised to mark the country's independence.

However over time, the park that was supposed to be turned into a Heroes Square was forgotten and quickly became  a haven for shisha smokers and miraa chewers.

It lost its allure as a key historical and recreational park in Nairobi.

However, with President Uhuru Kenyatta's intervention and military involvement, what was unveiled yesterday after an 18-month closure was marvelling.

Though it is still work in progress, there is a complete makeover with a grand arena in place. A museum is underway.

Uhuru Park, another historic place, was recently closed for renovation. However, some groups quickly rushed to court to block the works demanding public participation amid claims of grabbing.

This, despite the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, which is undertaking the refurbishment, explaining that the closure was for the better.

Courts should not be used to block progressive actions meant to restore some of the dilapidated public facilities.

The public should be more concerned if the facilities are being grabbed but not when undergoing improvement.

Nairobi has several recreational facilities such as the Central Park, City Park, Arboretum and Jevanjee Gardens that could do with a makeover and the state or any private entity should be encouraged to do this.