NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 – Major roads in Nairobi’s Central Business District will remain closed starting Sunday to next Friday during the 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Roads near the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) – the venue for the conference – will be shut for all the six days.
“Roads will be temporary closed on Sunday the 17th July 2016 between 6am up to the 23rd July 2016 at 6am due to UNCTAD,” the Nairobi Traffic Commandant Leonard Katana stated.
The roads to be closed include Parliament Road, Taifa Road, Harambee Avenue and City Hall Way which will remain shut for six days.
Other roads to be affected are Standard, Mama Ngina and Wabera Streets.
Motorists intending to use the roads have been advised to use alternative routes to enter or exit the city centre.
They were directed to use Haile Salassie Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue and University Way.
Drivers of heavy commercial vehicles using Mombasa Road will also be diverted to use the Southern Bypass via Kikuyu to travel to the Rift Valley.
“Heavy commercial vehicle, trailers and articulated vehicles bound for Rift Valley region are advised that they will be diverted at Mombasa Road Southern Bypass to use Southern Bypass to Kikuyu for Nakuru. Similar to those heading towards Mombasa in order to reduce congestion along Uhuru Highway,” Katana explained.
He advised motorists to use alternative routes in the CBD which include Moi Avenue, Kimathi Street and Uhuru Highway which will however likely be affected by delegates attending UNCTAD.
The quadrennial conference will bring together Heads of State and Governments, ministers and other high level players from the business world and civil society to discuss global trade and economic development matters.