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Hawkers back in Nairobi after Obama departure

27 July 2015, 17:12 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - With the departure of US President Barack Obama from Nairobi, the city has returned to normal as residents head back to their normal lives.

Obama left the country Sunday evening, the end of a three day lock-down of the city by authorities to ease the visit of the world's most important man.

Monday in Nairobi, things had returned to normal, with hawkers who had disappeared from the city centre back in downtown Nairobi following Obama's exit.

Vehicles on Nairobi roads had disappeared in the time Obama was in the country due to blocked roads, but they were in full flow Monday with members of the public getting back to work after the long weekend.

There had also been heightened security in the city with over 10,000 police officers deployed, but they too were nowhere to be seen.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Nkaissery had said, ahead of Mr Obama’s visit, that said anyone violating the security measures risked arrest.

" Any person found loitering and without an identity card will be arrested and prosecuted,"  he said.

On the other hand, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero also felt that the city had done well with the visit of Obama.

" I am happy that we had to ensure things run smoothly and I am happy to announce that it did," he said.

As for whether the city will remain clean in the coming months as it is has been in the past weekend, he said it would do so.

" I said that this is a long term project and it will remain so," he added.

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