Kenyans demand public holiday as Obama visit draws near
23 July 2015, 08:13
Nairobi - Kenyans, faced with the reality of long delays and choking traffic during US President Barrack Obama's visit are calling for a public holiday to offset their fears.
The pressing matter of the weekend will be the Global Entrepreneurship Summit GES and in extension the visit of US President Obama, which as expected will cause chaos in Nairobi.
Major roads will be closed to facilitate the visit of the most powerful man in the world and thus City residents who know how tough it will be to commute to and from their work commitments.
Thus the backlash.
" Give us a holiday," John Mwihaki, who uses the to be closed Mombasa road to commute to work on a daily basis says.
" The road will be closed from 2 PM to 9 PM. One of the busiest roads in the country will be closed for close to 7 hours and they still expect life to be normal?", he posed.
Julian Mwende commutes to Mlolongo on a daily basis to the CBD and she too says she would prefer not to go to work.
" If I will be honest, I would rather not go to work because how will we even operate?. It will be a mess of the highest proportions," she believes.
The government is yet to comment on the matter even though it tried its best to state that life would be just normal for Kenyans.
" Things will be fine. We ask Kenyans to persevere and use alternative routes during this time," Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said poignantly.
Not what Kenyans want to hear.
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