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Abnormal traffic expected in Nairobi as Uhuru hosts 4 Presidents

Nairobians were on Wednesday evening bracing up for heightened traffic ahead of the arrival of four East African Community (EAC) presidents in the city for a heads of state summit on Friday.

The summit will be attended by presidents Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will play host at the event to be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

More pain is expected when Mr Kagame and his host travel to Naivasha to launch the Ol Karia geothermal project which will add 280 megawatts to the national grid.

Nairobi traffic commandant Edward Mwamburi told Nairobi News that police officers will ensure traffic flows normally without inconveniencing motorists.


“There will absolutely be no changes in city traffic flow as we don’t plan to close any roads nor divert traffic. We will conduct public awareness to advice motorists on the roads to avoid incase of anything,” said Mr Mwamburi.

Nairobi has in the past weeks been experiencing huge traffic snarl ups with some analysts attributing it to the plunging fuel prices that have allowed many Nairobians to bring their vehicles to work.

The price of a litre of super has tumbled from Sh110 mid last year to Sh84 this month.

During the Friday Heads of State Summit, a change of chairmanship is also expected as Uhuru Kenyatta is the current chair of the regional bloc.

The row between Kenya and Tanzania over entry to tourists sites and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will also be discussed.