NAIROBI, Kenya, April 28 – Motorists were advised to avoid Aerodrome Road and a section of the Uhuru highway on Friday from 7 a.m. ahead of the funeral of former President Mwai Kibaki at Nyayo Stadium.
In a statement, police spokesman Bruno Shioso said those driving from Waiyaki to cross to Mombasa Road should divert at the Nyayo House roundabout and merge onto Kenyatta Avenue towards Me towards the Haile-Sellasie roundabout.
Shioso said motorists should then head towards the City Stadium to Mombasa Road.
“Enter Nyayo House Roundabout and join Kenyatta Avenue to Moi Avenue to Haile Selassie Roundabout, then to City Roundabout, then to City Stadium to ‘in Mombasa Road,” he said.
He said “those from Mombasa Road who intend to access the Central Business District (CBD) or Westlands should use the Southern Bypass or Likoni Enterprise and Lusaka Roads to avoid inconvenience along the Uhuru Expressway. .
Motorists attending the State Funeral Service at Nyayo Stadium will not be permitted to park at the stadium unless they have parking passes.
“Due to high human and vehicular traffic, only vehicles carrying
parking passes will be permitted within the stadium grounds,” Shioso noted.
All other vehicles without parking access stickers were only permitted to drop off guests and park at Langata Road Primary School or Green Park.
“Traffic police and other police officers should be on hand to provide support and advice to all guests. Please respect them for the success of the occasion,” Shioso said.
Kenyans are due to be seated at Nyayo Stadium by 8:00 a.m. Friday for the funeral of former President Mwai Kibaki.
Home Secretary Fred Matiangi made the announcement as he oversaw preparations at the stadium for the drill accompanied by the National Funeral Steering Committee.
“We are asking our citizens to be mindful of the weather as this is a ceremony that involves a lot of people and we want to make sure no one is inconvenienced,” he said.
The Interior boss has revealed that the state funeral services program will be finished
at 1:00 p.m.
This is to allow ample time for the preparation of the final rites which will be conducted at the President’s former home in Othaya, Nyeri County.
“We want to start early so those who have to travel out of town can get home soon enough,” he said.
The CS Home Office has assured that there will be no incidents for the funeral.
“We don’t expect anything to go wrong, we will do it with the precision, efficiency and decency expected of government and with respect for our former president Mwai Kibaki,” he noted.