, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – Residents of Nairobi will experience major traffic changes during the visit by Pope Francis that kicks off on Wednesday to Friday next week, according to the police.
The changes are meant to ensure free movement of the Pope to various venues and to ensure security.
Nairobi Traffic Commandant Edward Mwamburi says the exit of JKIA all the way down through Mombasa Road, Haile Selassie Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue and State House Avenue to State House will be affected temporarily when he arrives.
“The intention of the traffic management within the county are only geared into making facilitation of everybody who wants to attend the occasion to be without any impediments,” he said.
Major traffic changes will also be made when the Pope will be conducting Mass at the University of Nairobi grounds, during his visit in Kangemi, the UN headquarters and Kasarani Stadium where he will be addressing youths.
Parking lots for vehicles that will not be able to access the venues have also been set aside and will be secured by armed police officers.
Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome who met senior police officers within the county says all security measures have been put in place to ensure all goes as planned.
“Everybody who will access all those venues will be subjected to screening for security reasons,” the police boss cautioned.
He further noted that police officers “are conscious of the fact that quite a number of the people who will be attending the mass may not have been in Nairobi before. We are ready to assist them.”
Here are some of the traffic plans:
November 25: The stretch of the road from the exit of JKIA all the way down through Mombasa Road, Haile Selassie Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue and State House Avenue to State House will be affected in the evening.
After the State House meeting, the Pope will head to the Nunciature. Again part of Uhuru Highway onto Waiyaki Way and James Gichuru Road will be affected.
November 26: Inbound vehicles which will be coming from Mombasa road will terminate at Bunyala Roundabout.
The movement of the vehicles that will be accessing the CBD or to the Mass area will be stopped at Bunyala Roundabout.
Inbound vehicles from Ngong Road will not go beyond the Kenya National Library Service building.
Inbound vehicles using Valley Road either from Mbagathi or Ngong Road will not be able to pass after Silver Springs Roundabout since Kenyatta Avenue will be reserved for the occasion of the day.