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Allow Kidero grass to grow, governor begs Nairobians

Nairobi Governor on Tuesday pleaded with the public to allow the newly planted grass along major roads in the city to grow.

In a tweet that received loads of criticism, governor Evans Kidero said every year the county government plants grass that is however stepped on by pedestrians.

“We plant grass every year and people keep on stamping and killing them (sic). Please keep off #KideroGrass for a greener city,” tweeted the governor.

The statement was met by critics who not only pointed out the grammar issue but went on to attach a photo of Kidero stepping on a section of the withered grass.

A user, @Andikimi attached a photo of Kidero stepping on the grass captioning, “@KideroEvans so true “Kenyans” keep on stamping and killing the grass. I even have evidence. cc @WALTERMONGARE”

Others went on to ask the governor why he had never complained in the past when the public stepped on the grass.

@U_Sumy tweeted, “@KideroEvans @C_NyaKundiH so what’s different about this year’s grass? What guarantee is there that it will even stay green till that 2016?”

For others, this was an excuse created to justify the waste of public funds through the Nairobi beautification project.

@vinnyskaggs tweeted, “@kideroevans. The #KideroGrass is for some people to make money and not for beautification. We are watching the space.”

Recommendations were made on the same thread on what ought to be done to ensure the city stays green.

@crick_jerry tweeted, “@KideroEvans the landscaping requires a good movement plan. Otherwise it will be like recurrent expenditure for your government.”

@aweissburhan added, “@KideroEvans we should have barriers between two sides of the street people should use specific footpath save #kiderograss.”

The county government had requested for Sh107 million from the national government for the beautification works. Instead, it was given Sh25 million.

The amount has not been enough according to Environment chief officer Dr Leah Oyake, forcing the county to shelve initial plans to have artificial plants on sections of Mombasa road.