Kenya: Ministry denies permit for paved road through Aberdare NP

The national environment agency on Monday declined to issue a licence allowing construction of a Sh2.3 billion road passing through the Aberdare National Park.

The 52-kilometre road would have linked Ihithe Town in Othaya constituency, represented by President Kibaki, and Ndunyu Njeru in Kinangop constituency, represented by Sisi kwa Sisi’s David Ngugi.

National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) director-general, Dr Muasya Mwinzi, in a letter to the Ministry of Roads permanent secretary Michael Kamau, said if the road was allowed to be constructed, it would have huge adverse effects on the Aberdare ecosystem.

The preliminary road design indicated that it would cut across 25 kilometres of the forest canopy. Nema said the project consultants failed to provide an alternative route for the proposed tarmac road.

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