SOME private schools in Nairobi will be closed on Friday, the day US President Barack Obama arrives in the country. This is because Mombasa Road, Waiyaki Way, Uhuru Highway and other roads leading to the city will be closed during Obama’s visit.
A spot check by the Star revealed that Riara Primary School has informed children not to report to school tomorrow. The same applies to Waridi Nursery School in Westlands. A notice to Waridi parents reads: “We notify parents there will be no school on Friday 24 due to the traffic disruptions excepted.
We should avoid inconveniencing our children on the road.” Nairobi traffic commandant Edward Mwamburi announced the closure of roads in the city.
He said starting 2pm on Friday until late into the night, Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway, Chiromo Road and Museum Hill Road will be closed to all but emergency and security vehicles.
“These roads include Haile Selassie Avenue, parts of Moi Avenue near the roundabout, (the) Haile Selassie Avenue and Landhies Road intersection and parts of Waiyaki Way,” Mwamburi said. It is expected that public and private schools near the roads announced by police will be closed. Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi was reluctant to comment on the likely closure of some schools. “Let me not comment,” Kaimenyi said.