Uhuru Park is a recreational park adjacent to the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya. It contains an artificial lake and an assembly ground used for occasional political and religious gatherings. It is infamous as the site where protest against illegal land grabbing was violently broken up by the Moi regime.
In 1989, Wangari Maathai and many of her followers held a protest at the park, attempting to stop the construction of the 60-story Kenya Times Media Trust business complex. She was forced by the government to vacate her office and was vilified in parliament, but her protests and the government’s response led foreign investors to cancel the project.
In August 1996, a group led by a Catholic cardinal and Archbishop Maurice Michael Otunga burned a heap of condoms in Uhuru Park.Uhuru Park was the scene of a bomb blast in June 2010, which killed six people and left over 100 people injured. The attack targeted a “NO” campaign rally for the forthcoming constitutional referendum.
Snake Park and Botanical Gardens. (2021). Uhuru Park, Nairobi, Kenya Tourist Information. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from TouristLink website: https://www.touristlink.com/kenya/uhuru-park/overview.html
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