Private Developers Find Their Way into Nairobi National Park
The SGR and the Nairobi National Park are continuing to build warehouses, but the CS Najib Balala stopped tourism in 2019. Balala had cautioned that an effort would be made firmly to tamper with the defined boundaries. In compliance with the records in our possession, two government entities are implicated in the Nairobi National Park invasion by Grain Bulk Handlers Ltd and Compact FTZ Ltd.
Some records indicate that the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Railways Company have been acquainted with the building of warehouses and railways between Nairobi National Park and the Standard Gauge Railway.
All this is in spite of an August 6, 2019, order not to do so by Tourism CS Najib Balala. Balala had stated: “Any attempt to tamper with the designated boundaries or areas will be dealt with firmly, as per the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013." He led the case to be reviewed by KWS Director General John Waweru.
On 12 July 2019, administrative officials and park managers toured the facility for necessary guidance on the activities on the eastern side of the complex. In fact, the team was mindful that the demand from Grain Bulk Handlers Targeted to remediate the fence will conflict with the park 's property.
The team reported that the demarcated boundary was not in question as
KWS and the KRC performed a study together in May 2019. The Team discovered
that the park has been affected with 5.7 acres of Grain Bulk Handlers Ltd and
Compact FTZ ltd.
“The developers leased the land bordering the park from KRC and that prior to construction KRC had marked the project area to them erroneously including park land,” the team established and pointed an accusing finger at KRC for misleading the developers by using the park's electric fence as the boundary.
Accordingto the team, Compact FTZ Ltd had stopped the construction of a wall, which had been set out using the erroneous boundary details to align with the park boundary as marked during the boundary survey by KWS and KRC.
The developer, however, continued building a concrete reinforced beam along the clasp of the wildlife park. A captain informed the team about the instructions given by Compact FTZ Ltd to continue wall construction.
The container warehouse is being installed. In the KRC nation Compact attempted to coordinate its function. The encroached park area is still used as a highway. The project excavated the whole field to the park frontier and to the habitat fence plus most of the encroached ground.
“The 9-metre road reserve for the service road to the container depot is right within the park. The developer has prepared the road up to the sub-grade level although works on this part of the development were on hold save for the boundary wall,” team reported. The Grain Bulk Handlers Limited is erecting 24 silos and shared with the team its development design of three rows with eight silos each.
“The team observed that two of the already developed conveyor belt maintenance entrances are partially encroaching on the park by three metres in addition to a 9-metre service road and a 1-metre space required for drainage works.”In total, there would be a 13-metre width encroachment of the park," the report shows.
Throughout the tour, GBHL also designed a design to place a concrete plate which would penetrate three meters into the area. In order to bring a simple layer of the service road and a blind layer into the third line of silos, the entire region of the GBHL project has been excavated, backpacked and subgraded. The contractor already has gravel and rough concrete built on the property. These materials were stockpiled within the park's 13-meter wide area.
The developer has completed the construction of the three conveyor tunnels and sub-structural works for the two rows of the silos. Excavation works for the pit was ongoing at the time of the visit.
The team said that strengthening the new fence as demanded by the developers would carry more food to the site, overlapping the present 60 meter KETRACO path with high-voltage underground power cables.
The KWS team engaged GBHL and warned GBHL to redesign their designs in order to prevent silos from invading the park. The team said it was proposed that the worry for the service road should be applied for consideration to the management and trustees' council.
The team recommended that any negotiations on the matter should be between KWS and KRC since KRC has encroached on wildlife parastatal's land. “Engaging these two developers is not procedural as KWS did not enter into any agreement with them.” The team said KWS was to inform KRC that its clients had encroached on the park and advise them to restrict their work within KRC land and promptly stop further works on encroached park area.
“The option of considering giving the developers right of use to the park land as per their request is not possible since they are private developers unlike previous developments (Southern By-pass, SGR and ICD Road 2A) as these were public utility infrastructure projects involving compulsory land acquisition under the Land Act,” the team said.
The park electric fence was proposed to be re-aligned to the city boundaries with the shared demarcation and retained within the area. The permission should also be given before building these walls to install specifics of the building walls and of the wildlife electrical barrier fence along the developed park boundary. In order to insure no further infringement exists, rangers will be placed on the region suffered.
The team said, following the KRC inquiry, it will set priority and therefore threaten the integrity of the park in the light of the fact that the general invaded park area is a black rhino’s territorial site. The team agreed that it would be for restricted usage if a service road had to be taken into account for such services.