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Traffic chaos as key roads close for Obama visit

Inspector- General  of Police Joseph Boinnet (centre) addresses the media at Harambee House in Nairobi on security plans ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
Inspector- General of Police Joseph Boinnet (centre) addresses the media at Harambee House in Nairobi on security plans ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE 

Key roads in Nairobi will be closed during US President Barack Obama’s three-day stay in Nairobi, setting the stage for a transport chaos that is likely to paralyse operations in the city.

The roads to be closed during the visit are Mombasa Road, Waiyaki Way, and Uhuru Highway, among others leading to the city centre.

From 2pm until late at night on Friday, Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway, Chiromo Road and Museum Hill Road will be closed to all but emergency and security vehicles, according to Nairobi County traffic commandant Edward Mwamburi.

President Obama is expected to arrive in the country on Friday and leave on Sunday.

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