Kenya: Why Nature Had to Give Way to Sh59 Billion Nairobi Expressway

A group of young men prepare to transfer an uprooted tree (file photo).

A large tree trunk lies beside the road just outside Davis and Ghalay Vet clinic. Another one five metres away.

Further across the road, from Oracle Towers, several stumps stick out like a sore thumb. Some are large tree stumps indicating a lifespan of not less than 20 years.

Counting the aftermath of the wanton felling is not a walk in the park as one quickly loses count as minutes turn to hours. This is the Waiyaki Way stretch.

The last month’s destruction is substantial with Grevillea and Nandi Flame species of trees worst affected. The destruction stretches many kilometres after the luxurious Kempinski Hotel just before Waiyaki Way connects with Uhuru Highway.

Close to one thousand tree stumps stick out as the only remaining relics of what used to be a lush green expanse of collection of green scenery.

One here, two there struggle to “resurrect” through outgrowths but that seems to be a daunting task as the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) machines are sure to snuff life out of them. Read more…

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