The Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage has closed the Uhuru Gardens, the memorial park and a sacred site
On Thursday, Sports CS Amina Mohamed announced that the park had been closed for a year for renovation.
“The grass is very long and weeds have most of the pathways. After agreeing with museums, we decided that we needed to close it down to take it back to its original form and make sure it retains its glory,” she said.
She was accompanied by National Museums of Kenya Director General Mzalendo Kibunjia.
“We need to grow new grass…we need to make sure the place has picnic sites for families so that parents can bring their children and instil a sense of history and a sense of pride,” Amina said while touring the facility.
Located along Lang’ata Road, the park contains three monuments; the Fig tree or (Mugumo), the 20th Anniversary Monument and the 25th Anniversary Monument.
“This is a very hallowed grounds and it’s a shame that the area is in such shape. We want it to be historic and a tourist site because this is our Independence square,” she said.