The government has shelved its plans to hive off part of Uhuru Park land after a public uproar. 

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Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia on Thursday said that the government recognises the fact that the park is an important resource to the government. 

He also said that the government will make sure the park is protected from any form of invasion.

“We all recognise that Uhuru Park is an important public park and is one of the remaining parcels of green areas within Nairobi CBD and needs to be preserved for posterity,” the CS said, as quoted by Citizen TV in a Tweet.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) had earlier on assured the nation that the piece of land will not be hived off to pave way for the construction of the Nairobi Expressway from Mlolongo to James Gichuru road.

Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna on Thursday confirmed that the government had allocated sH8 million towards the compensation of private owners of land to pave way for the project.

 “This will make the country a globally competitive and prosperous Nation where citizens enjoy high-quality living standards,” Oguna was quoted by Capital FM.   

Kenyans from different corners had expressed concerns over the issue of construction of the road. 

They asked the government to protect the park from any form of invasion.