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Obama will not lock-down roads, airports, government tells Kenyans

03 July 2015, 15:28 Victor Tinto

Nairobi -The government has said that reports of a total lock-down of the country during President Barrack Obama's visit are wide of the mark.

There has been a message spread to Kenyans, purportedly from the Nairobi Traffic Department stating that there will be a lock-down in the country when Obama visits at the end of the month.

But Interior Permanent Secretary Mwenda Njoka says that the message is a hoax and that Kenyans should not believe it in any way.

He also insisted that details of the visit were yet to be received by the government.

" I urge Kenyans to ignore the message purportedly sent by the traffic department over US President Obama's visit. They are not true," he said Friday.

The message read that due to the upcoming visit of the US President there would be closure of roads such as Mombasa road and sections of its feeder roads from Friday 24 July 8 am to Sunday, 27 July at 2 pm.

The roads that would supposedly be affected would be Uhuru Highway - Bunyala Roundabout to University Way roundabout through to State House Road and adjoining areas to Westlands. The Haile Selassie Road - Uhuru Highway roundabout to Uhuru Park entrance and Uhuru Park - Haile Selassie Rd to Kenyatta Avenue would be closed for the three days.

Further, Kenyatta Avenue - Uhuru Highway roundabout to Kimathi Street, Harambee Avenue - Uhuru Highway Junction to Lt. Tumbo Road, Haile Selassie Road - Uhuru Highway roundabout to Railway Station roundabout, Mombasa Road - Nyayo Stadium roundabout to Enterprise Road and Langata Road - Nyayo Stadium roundabout to Madaraka roundabout would also be closed.

" These roads will be closed to all vehicles including Police and Emergency vehicles except those with Category 1A* Clearance," the message said.

It also purpoted that Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport Mombasa, Wilson Airport, Kisumu International Airport, Eldoret International Airport would also be closed.

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