Matiang'i Announces Road Closures Ahead of Rally

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    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i address a security conference in Nairobi on Friday, June 26, 2020
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  • Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has announced closures to roads heading to Nakuru ahead of the upcoming rally championship.

    In a Gazette notice dated Friday, June 18, the CS noted that Kikopey–Elementaita Village road will be closed for all vehicles between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    The exercise will take place on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26.

    Matiang'i also directed that trucks weighing over 3 tonnes will be barred from accessing five major highways between 12:00 a.m. and 7 p.m. on select days.

    Trucks on a highwa in United States of America
    Trucks on a highway in United States of America
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    On Eldoret–Nakuru Highway, trucks will be expected to park at the nearest designated parking on Thursday, June 24 while on Kericho–Nakuru Highway, the exercise will take place on Friday, June 25.

    For Nyahururu–Nakuru Highway, the exercise will take place on Saturday, June 26 and along Mombasa–Nairobi–Mai Mahiu–Naivasha Highway, trucks will be barred access on Sunday, June 27.

    The date was, however, not specified for Narok–Mai Mahiu road.

    "Pursuant to section 69 (b) of the Traffic Act of the laws of Kenya, notice is given that the following public roads (aforementioned) will be closed to all heavy commercial vehicles weighing 3 tonnes and above to guarantee safe and secure operation of the World Rally Championships (WRC) Safari Rally Kenya, 2021.

    "After 0600hrs, all heavy commercial vehicles weighing 3 tonnes and above are required to park at the nearest designated parking and await the above road opening time," read the notice in part.

    "The public is further notified that the following underlisted road (Kikopey–Elementaita Village road) will be closed to all users to guarantee and secure operation of the World Rally Championships (WRC) Safari Rally Kenya, 2021," continued the statement.

    The safari rally which will take place from June 24 to June 27, 2021.

    In 2007, Kenya's Safari Rally joined the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for one year for the first time since 2002.

    The event will be broadcast in over 155 live TV markets.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta drives a Safari Rally car at State House on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta drives a Safari Rally car at State House on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
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