Following the Nairobi festival, Kenyans will not need to pay an admission fee to enter Uhuru Park, according to Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja.
“After the Nairobi Festival, Kenyans will not be required to pay any entrance fee to access Uhuru Park,” Sakaja said while speaking on Radio Citizen on December 14.
As the festival unfolds, Sakaja says the county is charging Ksh.100 for adults and Ksh.50 for children to support the cause. Governor Sakaja clarified that the festivities were free for all persons living with disability.
According to Sakaja, the funds collected during the festival would be directed towards a Christmas kitty that assists children and the elderly in Huruma.
“We have different vulnerable people who will need our help to have a happy Christmas, a reminder that they are part of us,” Sakaja expressed.
During the show, the governor reminisced about the days when the park was a haven for serenity.
“Does anyone remember their tarmacking days when, after a long day of fruitless search, you would just go and sit there and enjoy the scenery, maybe listen to sermons?” Sakaja nostalgically recalled.
“After completing all the necessary work, we will soon launch the park. We aim to revive the days of boat riding and restore Uhuru Park as a relaxation zone.”
Sakaja pointed out that there is more to a city than its roads and infrastructure.
“Every city has a story it tells, which forms part of its culture.”
Uhuru Park and Central Park were closed to the public in February 2022 by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services in order to rehabilitate them.