Karura Forest faces fresh grabbing threats

Karura Forest. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • On Saturday, the Kenya Forest Service was at pains to explain how 25 acres of the forest’s Sigiria block have been hived off with plans to construct a six star hotel under way.
  • KFS maintains that the land that is being hived off is the same piece of land whose ownership is being disputed despite the fact that Sigiria is on the Western side of the forest and not near Unep as claimed.

A fresh attempt to grab a huge chunk of Karura forest by faceless individuals has sparked controversy and brought to life memories of the 90’s when the late Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai fought the Kanu regime to save Nairobi’s largest gazetted forest.

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