On Tuesday morning Nairobi residents woke up to major traffic snarl-ups on several roads in the city, with many complaining about lack of prior information.
The inconvenience was caused by the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is in the country for a three-day state visit.
According to reports, at least seven road are expected to be closed following Netanyahu’s stay in Kenya.
Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome warned that Chiromo Road between Westlands and Museum Hill will remain closed the whole of Tuesday.
Vehicles from the Central Business District (CBD) to Westlands, however, will not be affected. Uhuru Highway, Haile Selassie Avenue, Parliament Road, Wabera Street will be closed later on in the day.
“At some stage, Kenyatta Avenue and State House Avenue will also be closed,” Mr Koome said. Koome indicated that Lang’ata road will also be affected temporarily.
Motorists using other roads including; Forest Road, Kipande Road, and Waiyaki Way by 7am had already started feeling the effect.
Netanyahu jetted in the country on Monday night accompanied by his wife Sara Netanyahu and were received by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.
- Thika SuperHighway
- Kenyatta Avenue
- Parliament Road
- Uhuru Highway
- Waiyaki Way
- Valley Road
- State House Road and their environs.
Almosts all traffic was diverted to the Globe roundabout. Waiyaki way was opened shortly after 9am. Motorists who were caught unawares, said some of them had been stuck on the road for more than three hours following the blockade.
Netanyahu’s entourage comprises of key state officials, security officers, journalists and a team of 50 investors.
They meet their host President Uhuru Kenyatta for talks this morning. The Israeli PM is scheduled to visit various areas in the city, a situation that is likely to affect movement of vehicles.