Petition filed seeking to stop construction of JKIA–Westlands

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Two Nairobi residents have files a petition  seeking court orders to have the implementation and construction of the JKIA–Westlands expressway stopped on grounds that there was no public participation.

Rhoda Aoko and Henry Shitanda who are the petitioners, claim that the design negotiations, structures and planning was done in secrecy and in an opaque manner and without the involvement of the members of the public.

As reported by Citizen Digital, “The project as it stands is founded on an illegality and contravenes the fundamental principles and national values of the constitution of Kenya of transparency, openness, involvement of the people and public participation,” reads court papers.

They further claim that on November 21, 2019 they wrote to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) inquiring about the project and requesting them to conduct public participation  but there was no response given to them by the Authority.

The project was launched three months ago by President Uhuru Kenyatta and is to be implemented by KeNHA.

In the recent past, there have been different reactions on this specific construction.