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Governor Sakaja defends the cutting of an iconic tree along Kenyatta Avenue. /COURTESY
KENYAGovernor Sakaja Defends Cutting Down Of Iconic Tree Along Kenyatta Avenue
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NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 23 – Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has defended the County from public attacks after staff cut down branches of the iconic Acacia tree along Kenyatta Avenue.
Sakaja explained that the pruning has been done after an outcry by pedestrians due to the recent Marabou Stork invasion.
The Governor had initially ordered an internal probe into the incident.
He further stated that officials from his Environmental Department have assured him that the tree shall be nurtured.
The Governor reiterated that the County Government will increase the tree cover in the city.
City residents using the modified walkway along Kenyatta Avenue, leading to the Wabera Street intersection, have had to be cautious of a flock of marabou stork birds nesting in the area.
Pedestrians have occasionally had to contend with the indignity of having to carry birds’ droppings on the back of their suits, trousers, skirts, and if you are unlucky, on your face.
It is not uncommon to see pedestrians carefully avoiding the base of the tree when walking on the beautiful pavement.
The road projects in the city have chased away flocks of marabou storks, with the hardest hit being those that used to perch and nest on trees along Mombasa Road, especially around Nyayo Stadium.
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When construction of the Nairobi Expressway started, many trees that had grown by the side of the road for years were uprooted to create room for the expanded thoroughfare.
With their habitat destroyed, the marabou storks migrated to the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, which is situated in the heart of the central business district.
But even here their stay was short-lived after the center’s management pruned all the acacia trees on the property.
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