Normal operations resumed at the Nairobi Expressway following the reopening of three toll stations on Sunday, July 16, 2023.
Mlolongo, Syokimau and SGR toll stations were closed for repairs after angry protesters vandalised the facilities during anti-government demonstrations last Wednesday.
In a statement on Sunday, Moja Expressway Company – the firm that is managing the road – said normal operations at the affected toll stations resumed at 10:00 am.
The company, however, urged motorists to drive carefully, saying there were some restoration works still ongoing in select locations.
"Moja Expressway Company is glad to inform you that operations have resumed at Mlolongo, Syokimau and SGR Toll Stations as from 10:00 am.
"For your safety, we urge all motorists using the Nairobi Expressway to be mindful of the ongoing restoration works at selected locations and drive within the prescribed speed limit of 80 km/hr," the statement read.
Please note that the Nairobi Expressway has now resumed operations at the Mlolongo, Syokimau, and SGR Toll Stations and we are ready to serve you. #NairobiExpressway #Expressway #Update #Mlolongo pic.twitter.com/25luLOHNBf— MOJA Expressway Company (@mojaexpressway) July 16, 2023
Mlolongo in Machakos County was among areas most hit by violent demonstrations reported in several parts of the country. The demonstrations were called by Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition to protest against high cost of living in the country.
At least three people died from gunshot wounds during the confrontation with police officers in the area.
Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen revealed that the damages incurred at the expressway could be over $5 million (Ksh706.7 million).
Speaking when he inspected the section of the multi-billion road affected on Thursday, Murkomen noted that three railway stations and other key infrastructures were also destroyed and looted by protesters.
"There are 3 railway stations that were damaged during yesterday's demos. We witnessed pre-planned attacks on key infrastructure. They came with equipment to cut copper wires. They targeted materials that they could sell," Murkomen revealed.
"The damage could be over $5 million on the expressway not adding the damage to the railway stations."