Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko plans to turn Uhuru Park into a huge bus terminus if elected as the Nairobi governor in the next general elections
While speaking on a live television show on June 28, Sonko expressed his frustration with the infamous Nairobi traffic that made him late for the interview by 20 minutes.
When asked by KTN‘s Morning Express host what were his plans to decongest the roads, Sonko answered straight away that he would turn Uhuru Park into a public service terminal.
“It will be a drop off zone for matatus from Eastlands. They will not be allowed to access the city centre but will instead drop-off passengers at the park and return,” said Sonko as quoted by Nairobi News.
The controversial politician is set to run against the incumbent Governor Dr. Evans Kidero, former devolution cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru, as well as former aide to Raila Odinga, Miguna Miguna.
Others who have also made public their intentions to vie for the county’s top job include former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru, Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja and Dennis Kariuki – the current Dagoretti South MP.
The retired President Daniel arap Moi tried a similar thing during his reign when he said he was planning to turn the Park into a skyscraper, intentions Maathai fought hard, and succeeded at.
The park which is at the centre of the city has managed to survive this long due to the unrelenting efforts by Maathai to stave off politicians who wanted to turn it into private property and put up developments on it.
The approximately 13 hectares of land was set aside for the public by the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in 1969.
The former president Moi’s plans were met with stiff demonstrations from Maathai and other environmentalists.
It is said that back in 1989, Maathai and others prevented the construction of a 60 storey Kenya Times Media Trust business complex in which the government had stake in.
The park which contains several national monuments has remained a recreational as well as an occasional political and religious meeting place