Thursday, December 3, 2020
0eeba349-5a8d-4697-8223-aa003a4d0312Ministry of Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has told a private developer who is claiming the Michuki Memorial Park to meet in court.
The CS  said the Ministry legal team is well prepared to meet with the said developers in court to verify the authenticity of a title deed which they claim to have, saying the land in contests is defined by the Kenyan laws as being a minimum of 6 metres and up to a maximum of 30 metres on either side of a river bank from the highest water mark.
Addressing a press conference, after inspection of the Park, Tobiko said , “We are not going anywhere. See you in court,” Tobiko told the private developer ahead of today’s World Environment Day with a theme: biodiversity– a concern that is both urgent and existential.
While invoking Article 67 of the Kenyan Constitution which says that riparian land is public land, Tobiko said the law is clear that this type of land should not be allocated to anyone. Article 62, on the other hand, notes that all rivers, lakes and all land between high and low water marks are public land.
“We are asking the Court to invalidate the title deed the private developer claims to possess. We have been here since 2008, where has been the so-called owner when the erosion was destroying the course of the river? Where has been the so-called owner when the government was reclaiming the dumpsite and actively carrying out rehabilitation for all these years?, Questioned Tobiko.
 The CS said the rehabilitation and repossession of the land and rehabilitation  was  within the law.”
 He said what’s being done to renew the park for public recreation is within today’s World Environment Day theme: biodiversity, which is observed every year on June 5. The day was first observed in 1974 in the city of Spokane in the USA, two years after the United nations General Assembly established the day.
“This day is celebrated to encourage awareness and environmental protection. In our case, there is no better way to celebrate the World Environment Day – whose theme is celebrating biodiversity – than to restore, protect and conserve Michuki Park.
“There is no better way to honour and respect a man who gave his time and energy and intellectual resources towards our environment, the late Michuki in ensuring that this park is restored,” Tobiko said.
The CS said the Ministry has been undertaking massive tree planting; thousands of youth and women have been employed to clean the river, in the process, the government has used millions of shillings in the process.
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