Kenyan police officers and security personnel were reduced to mere spectators when US First Lady Melania Trump attended a public function in Nairobi on Friday morning.
During Melania’s visit to The Nest Children’s Home in Gigiri, Nairobi, security was taken a notch higher with heavily armed American secret service agents calling the shots.
All this while, Kenyan security agents had been pushed to the periphery with little role to play in the proceedings.
Other than the tightened security, which has been thrown around Nairobi, Melania’s visit has also come with other little inconveniences to city dwellers, such as the closure of certain roads within the capital.
On Friday morning, Lang’ata and Magadi Roads were closed for the First Lady and her Kenya counterpart Margaret Kenyatta entourage to pass.
Harry Thuku road has also been closed hours before her arrival at the Kenya National Theatre to watch a performance.
On Thursday evening, Terminal Two at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was also closed for three and half hours (5:30pm to 9pm) before Melania touched down in Nairobi.
The Kenya Airport Authority also announced that the terminal will be closed on Saturday from midnight to 9am when Melania will fly out of the country.
Mrs Trump is visiting following her discussion with Mrs Kenyatta in August, when the latter accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta to meet President Donald Trump at White House.
The US First Lady announced her solo tour of Africa during a reception she hosted for delegates to the 73rd Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).