NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologised to Kenyans for the traffic inconvenience caused during his visit to the country.
This is after city residents took to social media to complain about the traffic nightmare, with some of them getting stuck on the road for hours.
In a light moment during a banquet hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Netanyahu however stated that the inconvenience was minor compared to the huge gains the two countries stand to make.
“There is this inconvenience so I apologise to the people of Kenya who have to wait… the people of Nairobi who have to wait a long time. And I tell you that, we too have waited decades for this visit. We are glad to visit,” he said amid applause.
The Israeli PM stated that the visit was long overdue and it would signify good news for both two countries.
“The possibilities are enormous and the needs are enormous. And when the needs and the need to satisfy those needs meet, something happens. I know something has happened here. But I think there is something that goes beyond that,” he said.
Netanyahu left the country Wednesday morning for Rwanda.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was not spared either on Tuesday and was stuck in the morning traffic before he was forced to walk from the city centre to Yaya Centre for an appointment.
Moments after finishing the walk, he issued an apology via his Facebook, acknowledging the poor coordination in dealing with the Israeli PM’s visit.
“I would like to apologise to all Nairobi residents who were inconvenienced as a result of major road closures and traffic in the city today due to the Israeli Prime Ministers visit.
“I was also caught up and had to walk from the CBD to Yaya Centre. In future we will ensure better mechanisms are put in place to handle VVIP visits in the city,” Governor Kidero said.
The worst hit road users were those on Waiyaki Way, Uhuru Highway, roads within the vicinity of State House, the City Centre, and feeder roads.