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We will convert Uhuru Park into ‘little Dubai’ – Badi

By Pkemoi Ng'enoh | July 24th 2021

The Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) is planning to renovate Uhuru Park so that city residents can use it during this year’s Christmas season instead of travelling upcountry.

This is according to NMS Director General Mohammed Badi, who revealed that his team is currently attending a workshop in Naivasha to deliberate on the project.

Badi revealed this during signing of Memorandum of Understanding between NMS and UN-Habitat for the Nairobi River regeneration initiative at the recently rehabilitated Michuki Park.
“We are already starting various projects in green spaces like we see Uhuru Park is soon transforming into a modern recreation center. At the moment we are doing a workshop in Naivasha on that and soon the project will begin”

Badi said NMS intends to complete the renovation before Christmas to change the Park into a modern one with flowers and waterfronts like those in Dubai in six months-time.

“The purpose of this project is to support NMS in the restoration of the Nairobi river system for a better urban and environmental performance, and prioritization of riverfront development, and green and public space as levers for urban regeneration and economic transformation,” Badi said.

He said that the project will provide opportunities for regenerating inner city neighborhoods such as the wider Eastland’s area, supporting local economies, providing alternative connectivity through a network of green among others.

“It is for this reason we commend the interactive activities that UN-Habitat has undertaken to engage the youth in taking care of the environment across the city through competitions that have not only nurtured talents but created streams of income” he added

“For us as UN-habit we are proud to be associated with this project. It is the first of its kind to be implemented under our flagship one of strategy plan 2020-2023 on inclusive vibrant neighborhood and Community”, said UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif.


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