Uproar over apparent ‘Kidero grass’ deception

A video of workers uprooting flowers planted along Nairobi’s Uhuru Highway days before the visit by US President Barack Obama has caused uproar on social media even as City Hall claimed the flowers were a temporary feature.

The video posted on Twitter by Mumbi Seraki shows workers removing flowers that still have the polythene wrappings used before planting.

This prompted speculation that the beautification, which cost millions of shillings, may have been a hoax.

But City Hall has said that the area had too many stones and pebbles and could not be used for planting at short notice.

“We had to cover the area (before Mr Obama’s visit) so that it wasn’t seen to be bare,” said Beryl Okundi, the county’s director of communication.

“But now, the contractor is removing the flowers, preparing the ground and planting grass as had been originally intended.”

City Hall paid Sh48 million to seven contractors for beautification works along Mombasa Road and Uhuru Highway from the airport turn-off to Museum Hill.

The beautification became a trending topic when grass planted in other sections failed to take root.

The county has defended the project saying that it had been planned even before it was announced that Mr Obama would be visiting the country.