NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 23 – Several schools will be closed on Friday due to the traffic nightmare anticipated when US President Barack Obama arrives in Nairobi.
Some of the schools to be closed include Makini School, Riara, Jonathan Gloag, Waridi Nursery and Shani Kindergarten and All Saints Primary School among other schools which have already dispatched notices to parents not to send their children to school.
“Please not that there will be no school on Friday 24th July 2015 due to traffic logistics by the visit of the President of the United States. We resume classes on Monday 27th July 15th normal time, Thank you and blessed weekend,” a memo from the Makini Group of Schools headmistress Monica Otieno stated.
This follows Thursday’s announcement by the police who warned of traffic interruptions on Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and a section of Waiyaki Way from 2 pm on Friday.
Traffic is usually hectic on Fridays and road closures are certain to create a further grid-lock in the Kenyan capital.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet stated that there was no reason for parents to fear sending their children to school on Friday.
He had stated that while some disruptions are expected during Obama’s arrival, it was no reason for Nairobi residents to go into panic mode.
Police have announced that traffic will be disrupted on major roads in Nairobi from Friday 2pm, hours before Obama arrives.
Speaking following a briefing with all divisional police chiefs, Nairobi Traffic Commandant Edward Mwamburi pointed out that roads to be affected include Mombasa Road from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way.
He explained that that despite the interruptions, movement of vehicles will go on and urged motorists to take advantage of the Northern and Southern by-passes.
He pointed out that no vehicles will be allowed to pass through Westlands from Friday afternoon and called on motorists to use various linkages as they go about their business.
He further emphasised the need for everyone to fully cooperate with police officers so as not to create a gridlock during this period.
Air Force one that carried Obama is expected to touch down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at around 9 pm.