By Calvin Osiemo
Security has been beefed up in Nairobi ahead of U.S. President Barrack Obama’s visit to the country. Air Force One, American president’s official airliner, is expected to touch down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Friday this week with the rest of his official transport entourage, including Marine One and the motorcade, reportedly already in the country. President Obama is expected at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Saturday this weekend where he shall meet other dignitaries and entrepreneurs. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has asked Kenyans to cooperate with the security agents to ensure that all the visitors are in a conducive environment.
“The security arrangements put in place for the Summit will affect normal life in some parts of the city and therefore we call on the public to cooperate with the police to give the event and our visitors a conducive and homely environment,” said Boinnet
Already, reports have emerged that some Kenyan-based American companies have granted their staff a day off on Friday. Most multinational corporations and international non-governmental organizations have also advised their staff to consider working from home on Friday especially for those using routes that will be affected by the president’s movements in the city.
Despite disruption to traffic flow, Boinnet has advised parents and other people to continue with their normal activities on Friday since President Obama is expected to jet in in the evening.
“The US president will arrive in the evening on Friday and I don’t see why a parent can let his or her child to stay at home in as much as there will be disruption of traffic on some routes. We call upon all Kenyans to extend our traditional hospitality towards President Obama and his delegation as well as all visitors attending the Summit,” the Inspector General said.
The Police department has released a list of roads that will remain closed to pave way for the smooth movement of President Obama and the visitors attending the Summit. The roads include Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki way which will remain closed from the public from 2:00pm on Friday ahead of Obama’s arrival later in the evening. Thika Superhighway, Limuru Road and Waiyaki Way will as well be closed on Saturday with over 10,000 police officers expected to secure the world’s superpower president’s arrival. Kenyan and American flags have already been mounted in the above roads ahead of the occasion that has attracted global attention.