Some Nairobi City County officials have been accused of cutting down the city’s indigenous trees worth millions of shillings to enrich themselves.
The officials allegedly cut down trees along major roads and in estates on the pretence that they are paving way for road expansion.
The county assembly heard that the most affected areas are along Lang’ata and Jogoo roads and within city estates.
“We are not expanding Lang’ata and Jogoo roads. Why are they felling trees there? Somebody is working secretly with some City Hall officials to cut trees,” claimed Mugumoini MCA, Alex Otieno.
Makongeni County Rep, Peter Imwatok, who is sponsoring a motion to stop the trend, blamed the executive and unscrupulous advertising agents for the felling of the trees.
“We want to know who gave advertising companies the authority to cut down trees in Nairobi. This is reckless and illegal,” said Imwatok.
Nominated MC William Abuka wondered: “These are indigenous trees and are worth millions of shillings. Where do they taken that money? Or what furniture have they made from the timber and where are they?”