The popular symbol of Kenya is the fig tree. A hundred-year-old fig tree stands in the way of a four-lane road construction project in the country. The construction of the 16-mile Nairobi Expressway required the felling of the fig tree.
But environmentalists are left out. In the end, the president announced that the tree was not being cut down. This information has been informed in a report of BBC.
Kenyan environmentalists have welcomed the president’s announcement to preserve the century-old fig tree. They have been protesting for weeks against cutting down trees to build an expressway in Nairobi.
A 16-mile four-lane expressway is being built in the country to reduce traffic congestion. Mohammed Badi, director general of Nairobi’s Metropolitan Services, said: “No matter what kind of development work is done, no one will touch this tree.”
Mohammed Badi, on behalf of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, announced the preservation of the 100-year-old tree. He declared the fig tree a beacon of Kenya’s cultural and environmental heritage.