Kenyans gift themselves holiday to celebrate Obama arrival
24 July 2015, 17:25
Nairobi - Kenyans chose in large to avoid the Central Business District in Nairobi with the fear of gridlock in anticipation of the arrival of US President Barack Obama in the air.
Despite the government stressing that Friday was a working day like any other, Kenyans were not too keen to engage in the rigorous matter of commuting home with road closures dominating the weekend.
Roads were deserted Friday and many shops remained closed, as did banks and other key institutions, considering that all the city's main highways were to be closed to welcome Obama.
Only a few city residents in downtown Nairobi went on with their businesses, saying Obama would not feed them tonight.
" Obama will not feed me tonight so I have to keep going on working or how will my children eat," Isaac Magara, a mechanic said.
For Esther Njiri, who sells tea along Kirinyaga road, also in the same area, there is not much fuss.
" I welcome him but it ends there. My life goes on as usual and if anything, I have suffered today as many people have not shown up in fear of traffic," she stated.
For most Kenyans though, they will be at home glued to their television sets awaiting Obama's arrival.
" It is a big deal and I for one will be watching closely," John Mwila, a banker said.
" Kenya will gain so much from this visit it hurts to even mention, so yes, forgive us for being happy about it," he adds.
Many in Nairobi will be forced to remain in their homes for the duration of the GES, something it seems, not too many will be bothered about.
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