New railway line seeks to take 250 acres out of Tsavo national park

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

NEW RAILWAYS’ HUNGER FOR LAND TRIGGERS CONSERVATION CONCERNS

(Posted 10th February 2014)

Emerging news of gazette notices about compulsory acquisition of land for the construction of the new standard gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi, affecting land inside the Tsavo National Park to the tune of over 250 acres, has triggered the alarm bells among the conservation fraternity in Kenya.

Present law requires that any national park land intended for other purposes than conservation requires an elaborate process of degazetting by Kenya’s parliament, a fact overlooked even by the planners of Nairobi’s Southern Bypass who got slapped by an injunction when they tried to commandeer the land at the edge of the Nairobi National Park before a legal case was brought to stop them.

Conservationists have now written to this correspondent and asked to highlight their concerns that the new railway line, when reaching the outskirts of Nairobi, would equally…

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