Kenya: Nairobi’s urbanisation to create the ultimate future metropolis

By Morris Kiruga, in Nairboi
Posted on Friday, 4 March 2022 17:18

Nairobi, Kenya
Traffic moves on a flyover in Nairobi, Kenya May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Kenya’s capital Nairobi will have more than six million people by 2030. How are city planners and investors preparing for the dreams, aspirations and needs of generations to come?

Every December, Nairobians and out-of-towners flock to Uhuru and Central parks to celebrate Christmas. However, in October last year, both of the parks – which are separated by a highway – were closed by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) for renovations. Two months later, at a time when they should have been playing host to thousands of families, couples and other groups over the festive season, the parks were still closed.

A fringe political party filed a court case against the closure of the parks: at the heart of the controversy was not just the access to these green spaces, but also the social and environmental effects of the renovations.

Demolition spree