Key Nairobi roads to be closed during Supreme Court ruling
By Joshua Cheloti
Several key roads within Nairobi City will be closed during the time the Supreme Court will be making a judgement on the presidential results petition.
The seven-judge bench is expected to make the ruling before the end of Monday, September 6, 2022.
Hearing for the petition filed by among other Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition was concluded on Friday with the judges led by Chief Justice Martha Koome retreating to make a determination.
Constitutionally, the court has until 11.59 pm Monday to issue its ruling as the law requires that the ruling is made within 14 days of the application of the petition.
And as the apex court prepares to give the ruling, the police say all roads leading to the court will be closed at least two hours before the judges sit.
In a statement, the Nairobi City Traffic Police boss Vitalis Otieno named Ngong Road and Cathedral Road as some of those that will be closed.
“The road shall be closed after we get directive from Supreme Court which will be two hours before the time given out by Supreme Court,” Otieno said in a statement shared on the National Police Service social media pages on Sunday, September 4, 2022.
According to the Officer Commanding (OC) Nairobi Area, Ngong Road will be closed at the junction of Ngong Road 1st Avenue – opposite NHIF.
“No motorist will be allowed to access CBD through Kenyatta Avenue via Cathedral Road but instead are advised to use Haile Selassie Avenue,” read part of the statement.
Cathedral Road/Milimani Ngong Road which accesses Milimani Law Courts will also be closed at Kenyatta Avenue/Valley Road Junction (NSSF).
Only vehicles heading to the court will be allowed and other motorists have been asked to use Valley Road.
“Cathedral road/Haile Selassie Avenue Junction will be closed and motorists are advised to use alternative route of Haile Selassie/Ngong Road,” noted Otieno in the statement.
Earlier, the acting Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow had asked Kenyans to follow the Supreme Court proceedings at home.
Gabow however assured of measures put in place to protect every Kenyans before, during and after the judgement.
“We wish to advise the general public to avoid gathering at the Supreme Court during the ruling or congregating in public gathering…” the acting police IG said in the statement issued on Saturday evening.