Key roads around the meeting venue at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) were closed on Sunday, with police restricting access to vehicles and anyone accredited to attend the conference as a delegate, service provider among others issued with official badges.
On Sunday, local and international security officers were stationed at the entrances to KICC and City Hall to vet delegates picking accreditation cards for the conference.
“Motorists are urged to comply and obey orders issued to them by traffic police officers at the junctions,” Leonard Katana, police chief in charge of Traffic in Nairobi said. “Those areas are out of bounds for vehicles with no official badges for the conference.”
Roads closed on Sunday include City Hall Way, Parliament Road, Taifa Road, part of Harambee Avenue, Wabera and Kaunda Streets among others.
Police said there will be restricted access to other roads, including Standard Street from Monday morning as police work to secure the conference that brings together more than 7000 delegates—including heads of state, ministers and business executives meeting to discuss global trade and economic development.
There was no access to vehicles or people with no accreditation to the conference as from Sunday morning, signaling tough times ahead for motorists and pedestrians until Friday when the conference will end.
Police trucks and other barricades were used to block junctions on the affected roads, where traffic police officers were directing motorists to use alternative routes.
Truck drivers using Mombasa Road will be diverted to the Southern By-pass through Kikuyu to join the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.