Police have warned Kenyans that Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way will be closed from 2pm on Friday ahead of US President Barack Obama’s arrival later in the evening. On Saturday, Thika Superhighway, Limuru Road and Waiyaki Way will be closed 10, 000 police officers are expected to cover Obama’s arrival, the Kenya’s Standard reported on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, news coming in yesterday affirmed the decision of many expatriates and Kenyans alike to leave the capital Nairobi and head to either the national parks – the annual migration of the wildebeest is in full progress from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara – or the Kenya coast.
It was reported in electronic and social media yesterday that American law enforcement officers had taken over control of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s security, immediately prompting a rise in bookings by Nairobians to escape the fallout the visit is expected to cause vis-a-vis traffic and even accessibility of phone services.
Coast resorts from Malindi to Diani are reporting an increase in inquiries and bookings as those who can are trying to, using an American phrase, get the heck out of Dodge, before POTUS arrives.