Traffic Snarl-up as Residents Block Southern By-Pass

  • The barricades put by residents on Southern Bypass on June 30, 2020.
    The barricades put by residents on Southern Bypass on June 30, 2020.
  • Residents using the Southern Bypass had to contend with a traffic snarl-up in the early hours of Tuesday, June 30.

    The standstill emanated from an alleged incident where a trailer was involved in a hit and run between the Dagoretti and Ngong interchange.

    The trailer had allegedly hit a man trying to cross the road and the driver fled without offering any assistance.

    Residents expressed their displeasure over the incident and blocked the section of the road heading towards the city centre.

    The barricades of twigs and thorns caused traffic to pile up for kilometres on the busy highway.

    Traffic along the Southern Bypass on June 30, 2020.
    Traffic along the Southern Bypass on June 30, 2020.

    A motorist who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke stated that he came to a complete standstill while heading to work for almost an hour.

    "Police however came and negotiated with the residents and eventually traffic started moving again," he stated.

    The road that connects the city to Limuru road is an important transport corridor in the city and the country at large. However, it has been affected by protests that spillover from the neighbouring Kibra slums.

    In November 2017, youth set ablaze a truck and stoned vehicles on the road. The rioters believed to have originated from the National Super Alliance (NASA) Rally in Kibra blocked the road and stoned motorists plying the route.

    Several trailers were badly vandalized and one was set on fire by the angry youth.

    In 2016, during its construction, residents blocked the road claiming houses flooded due to work that was being undertaken.

    Residents protesting along the Southern Bypass in april 2016.
    Residents protesting along the Southern Bypass in April 2016.