Kenya: KWS in Plan to Build Hotel at Nairobi National Park

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) wants to put up a multimillion-shilling hotel at Nairobi National Park.

The revelation contained in the Nairobi National Park 10-year management plan, details KWS's intention to build an eco-lodge and a high-end restaurant in the park.

The public and conservation stakeholders have up to April 19 to give their views on the plan. Thereafter, the document will be gazetted.

But while the economic and environmental significance of the projects is a subject of debate, the public participation decision at a time Kenyans are staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic is suspect.

Attempts by the Nation to get comments from the agency were unsuccessful.

Nairobi, the only national park in a capital city in the world, was set up more than 70 years ago.

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Several acres of the park were excised for the standard gauge railway in 2016.

The 4.153-kilometre road that connects Nairobi Inland Container Depot to the Southern bypass near Wilson Airport cuts through the park.

The park has been battling threats from the rapidly growing metropolis.

Asked if an environmental impact assessment had been done before coming up with the plan, a KWS official said the agency has the capacity and mandate for an evaluation without involving the National Environment Management Authority.

The 117-square kilometre park is a wildlife haven, hosting giraffes, the endangered black rhinos and dozens of other species.

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