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Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Roads closed following Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's visit
– Heavy traffic in Nairobi as several roads are closed following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit
– Netanyahu arrived in Kenya on Monday, July 4, evening for a three-day state visit
– The PM held bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta; they are to expected to address a Kenya-Israel business forum
Several Nairobi residents were forced to walk to work after several roads were closed in the city.
The roads were, on Tuesday, July 5, closed following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s arrival.
No vehicles were allowed to pass Westlands roundabout towards Nairobi CBD. Image: TUKO.co.ke/Dickens Kasami
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Kenya a day earlier for a three-day state visit.
Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome said that Chiromo Road between Westlands and Museum Hill will be closed the whole of Tuesday.
This is because the PM, who is accompanied by his wife Sara Netanyahu, will be at the Villa Rosa Kempinski. It is the same hotel that US President Barack Obama slept in during his visit in July 2015.
Museum Hill roundabout was also closed. Image: TUKO.co.ke/Dickens Kasami
Traffic flow on Uhuru Highway, Haile Selassie Avenue, Parliament Road, Wabera Street, Kenyatta Avenue and State House Avenue will also be affected.
The Israel Prime Minister kicked off his day one activities by laying a wreath at the mausoleum of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. He then headed to State House for bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Uhuru Kenyatta receives Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at State House. Image: PSCU
The two leaders are expected to address a Kenya-Israel business forum later in the day.
Several city residents were forced to walk to work following the road closure. Image: TUKO.co.ke/Dickens Kasami
Many residents compared the traffic situation to what they experienced during Obama’s visit. A number of roads were similarly closed.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu started his first official visit to Africa with Uganda.
He visited Entebbe airport where his brother Yonatan Netanyahu was killed 40 years ago. Yonatan, who was the head of Israel’s elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit, was leading a raid to free Israeli hostages.
Heavy security around Villa Rosa Kempinski where the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is staying. Image: TUKO.co.ke/Dickens Kasami
After Kenya, Benjamin Netanyahu will head to Rwanda. He will the end his African tour with Ethiopia.