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Kenya’s president saves fig tree from freeway

The presidential decree described the tree, the peak of a four-storey constructing, as a “beacon of Kenya’s cultural and ecological heritage.”

The fig tree is taken into account sacred amongst Kenya’s most populous ethnic group, the Kikuyu.

Environmentalists had been campaigning in opposition to the deliberate destruction of the tree, which stands on Waiyaki Way within the west of town, the place engineers are constructing the expressway above the present highway on pillars.

“It is now a presidential declaration that this tree will be conserved,” Mohammed Badi, director normal of Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), informed a information convention subsequent to the tree.

The East African nation’s roads company had mentioned in October it deliberate to uproot and transplant it with a purpose to erect a pillar to help the expressway.

The tree can be adopted by the NMS on behalf of town’s residents and each the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and the Kenya National Highways Authority have agreed to reroute the highway.

The tree will now stand as an indication of town’s aspirations, mentioned Elizabeth Wathuti, a outstanding Kenyan environmental activist.

“This particular fig tree is just a symbol of the bigger picture of what we are asking for. We want a green and clean city, and clean Kenya.”

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