, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23 – Motorists are being urged to strictly adhere to traffic regulations and diversions following road closures for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) conference set to begin on Thursday.
In a statement, Nairobi Traffic Commandant Leonard Katana announced that all heavy commercial vehicles trailers and articulated vehicles bound for Rift Valley should use the Southern Bypass to access their preferred destinations.
He also advised commuters that KENCOM bus stop will be closed and therefore they should use the alternative termini provided.
“Commuters intending to use Public Service Vehicles at KENCOM bus stop should do so along Moi Avenue Service Lane (Studio Inn) otherwise KENCOM stage will be temporarily closed,” he stated.
He encouraged all motorists to follow the directions given to them by traffic officers.
“All motorists are advised to follow traffic signs and directions issued to them by Traffic Police officers.”
The roads affected during the period include Parliament Road, Taifa Road, Harambee Avenue and City Hall Way with those attending the event with their vehicles urged to get accreditation for their vehicles at City Hall.
In the statement, Katana stated that other vehicles not destined for the KICC should avoid the areas that have been cordoned off.
“The red zone includes the area within Harambee Avenue, Parliament Road, City Hall Way and Taifa Road. Only car sticker holders and accredited persons will be allowed entry,” he said.
Over 100 companies from Japan will be in the country to exhibit as part of the 4,000 delegates from Japan.
Kenya expects TICAD to inject Sh12 billion into the economy.
This the first time the event is happening on African soil.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed says the conference is expected to double the gains made by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that injected Sh6 billion to the economy.
Over 60 business Memorandums of Understanding are expected to be signed during the conference.