Traffic Alert: Roads to Avoid as Raila, Ruto Hold Final Rallies in Nairobi

  • Motorists stranded On a stand still Traffic Jam Towards The CBD Along Busy Thika super Highway in Nairobi on Monday, November 11, 2019.
    Motorists stranded On a standstill Traffic Jam Towards The CBD Along Busy Thika super Highway in Nairobi on Monday, November 11, 2019.
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke
  • As the country heads to the 2022 General Election in three days, Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, will hold their final rallies on Saturday, August 6, in Nairobi county.

    With this, traffic is expected to build up on major highways as supporters of the two main presidential contenders stream to various venues to show support for their candidates.

    The Azimio la Umoja team is scheduled to hold its rally at Kasarani stadium, hence traffic is expected to build up along the Thika Superhighway.

    Aerial view of the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani in Nairobi
    Aerial view of the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani in Nairobi
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    Those using the road to access estates along the highway or to get to the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) can look for alternative routes.

    Previously, the ODM boss has made way to the Kasarani stadium from his Karen home using Ngong Road before connecting to Thika Road through Uhuru Highway and University Way. During such moments, traffic is normally disrupted on the said road and adjacent ones including Waiyaki Way.

    On the other hand, the Kenya Kwanza team received a clearance to hold the final rally at Nyayo Stadium.

    This means that there will be traffic disruptions on Mombasa Road, Langata Road, and Bunyala Road.

    Other roads that will be affected by this rally include Uhuru Highway, Lusaka Road, Aerodrome Road and Raila Odinga Road - formerly Mbagathi Way.

    Additionally, traffic flow along the busy Mombasa Road could be hampered with Ruto's team yet to resolve issues surrounding the venue's permit.

    Kenya Kwanza have indicated that they will use the venue following orders issued by the High Court on Thursday, August 4, allowing the team to politick at Nyayo Stadium.

    Speaking at a rally in Mombasa on August 4, Ruto stated that they will hold a rally outside the stadium if they are locked out.

    "It doesn’t matter how many places they lock us out of. We have a contract with Nyayo, the court has said we have the meeting in Nyayo. We will have that meeting and if they lock us out, we will still have that meeting in Nyayo," the DP maintained.

    Motorists should also be on the lookout for criminals who take advantage of such events to steal valuables from those attending the rallies or travellers using the affected roads.

    A collage image of Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and Deputy President William Ruto (right).
    A collage image of Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and Deputy President William Ruto (right).
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