Fate finally handed Governor Evans Kidero the experience of traffic madness in Nairobi after he was forced to walk from his office to Westlands to beat traffic.
So exhausted was the governor at the end of the 2.6 kilometre trek, he reckoned he could have lost a couple of kilos from the experience.
Away from his from his air-conditioned vehicle, the governor had a taste of the daily experience of Nairobians who are looking up to him to stamp out the gridlock in the city.
The governor was scheduled to attend to an official event at the swanky Kempinski Hotel, according to a post on his social media accounts.
“Today I got stuck in traffic and had to walk to my meeting at the Kempinski hotel in Westlands from the CBD to officially launch the 18th (AFWA) International Water Congress and exhibition, scheduled to take place at the KICC from February 22nd -26th 2016,” wrote Dr Kidero.
“I will ensure that the new raft of traffic measures launched last week by CS Transport and Infrastructure Eng. Michael Kamau and myself takes effect immediately to reduce traffic and congestion in Nairobi. I think I lost a couple of kilos today!”
The governor, in conjunction with the Transport ministry has embarked on an endeavor to cut traffic in the city.
The county government intends to remove several roundabouts from the CBD and lock out matatus.
The government estimates that traffic costs Nairobi’s economy up to Sh65 billion annually.