, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6 – There was a massive traffic snarl-up on Mombasa road Thursday morning stretching for kilometres after a truck overturned near City Cabanas.
Nairobi Traffic Commandant Edward Mwamburi said another truck also developed a mechanical problem at the Uhuru Highway-Kenyatta Avenue Roundabout worsening the situation on the busy road.
Speaking to Capital FM News, Mwamburi however said police moved with speed to move the overturned truck while efforts were being made to move the stalled struck.
Some motorists were stuck in the jam for over two hours.
Unaware of what was happening, some resorted to social media to express their frustrations.
Here are some of the tweets;
[email protected] Msa Rd-some abnormal load truck has overturned near cabanas… just saw two cranes around the truck.”
“Insane is just an understatement! Mbsa road is terrible via @JulieBlsd.”
“Finally after 3hrs passed Cabanas just now…apparently the lorry belongs to Chinese people via @khairunmohamed.”
Another said, “Trying to head out to Mombasa Road but traffic starts right outside my office. via @KevDaNative”
“Mombasa road jam is crazy.Does the governor has a strategy on easing this jam in the city via @DickOranja.”
Nairobi though having a poor road network is regarded as East Africa’s business hub.
On October 21, the Governors of Kajiado, Kiambu, Nairobi and Murang’a counties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pave way for the formation of a Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Authority.
The authority is meant to oversee the implementation of the mass rapid transit system within the city and its surroundings.
The authority is also set to recommend policies on pricing and investments, financing equipment and related traffic management systems.
Development partners will also work through the authority consisting representatives of all stakeholders.
The major components of the project include the expansion and upgrading of highways, service and access roads from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport through Nairobi to Rironi on the Northern Corridor transport system.
This way, the Government hopes to ease road congestion on the major routes heading in and out of the city.