Maasai residents living along the Nairobi national park’s dispersal areas feel betrayed by the decision to maintain the SGR route that passes through the park. Article 42 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act of 2013 states that all land donated for the purpose of conservation should not be used for any other purposes other than conservation. The Maasai residents claim that they donated their land to form what is now known as the Nairobi National park and therefore no developments should be allowed within the perimeters of the park.
The residents said that our forefathers, including founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, made a commitment to conserve the country’s exceptional natural ecosystems and allowing the project to cut through the park would violate Jomo Kenyatta’s wish.
Residents say the project’s feasibility study is yet to be conducted and consultations with the local community and conservationists on the impact of the SGR have not been carried out.
Conservationist feel that the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act should be enough to protect the park from SGR construction and any other future developments proposed within the park. This therefore highlights the importance of Voting for the enlisting of NNP as World Heritage site.