The National Police Service will on Monday, August 9, 2022, close a section of three roads in Nairobi ahead of the much-awaited ruling on the presidential petition before the Supreme Court.
In a statement on Sunday, Vitalis Otieno, the head of traffic operations in Nairobi, said the roads will be closed two hours before the court convenes to deliver the judgement on the case challenging William Ruto's victory.
"The roads shall be closed after we get a directive from Supreme Court which will be two hours before the time given out by Supreme Court," Otieno said.
According to the traffic boss, Ngong Road will be closed at the junction of Ngong Road 1st Avenue (opposite NHIF).
"No motorists will be allowed to access CBD through Kenyatta Avenue via Cathedral Road but instead are advised to use Haile Selassie Avenue," he stated.
Cathedral Road/Milimani Ngong Road which accesses Milimani Law Courts will be closed at Kenyatta Avenue/ Valley road Junction (NSSF). Only vehicles heading to the court will be allowed. All other motorists are advised to use Valley Road.
The officer said Cathedral Road/Haile Selassie Avenue junction will also be closed. He advised motorists to use an alternative route of Haile Selassie/Ngong Road.
ROAD CLOSURE ON MONDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER,2022. pic.twitter.com/zEBBkPrmbD— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) September 4, 2022
Earlier, acting Inspector General Noor Gabow said the Supreme Court will be out of bounds to members of the public.
"We wish to advise the general public to avoid gathering at the Supreme Court during the Ruling or congregating in public gatherings but follow the proceedings from the comfort of their homes.
"Access to the Supreme Court shall be limited to the public, and all roads leading to the court premises shall remain closed. Traffic police officers shall be deployed adequately to direct traffic around the Court facility," Gabow said in a statement.
He assured Kenyans of peace regardless of the judgement adding that security personnel had been deployed across the country and in places marked as hotspot areas to monitor and ensure peace prevails.
"We, therefore, take this opportunity to appeal to Kenyans to remain calm and peaceful. We further assure all Kenyans and the general public of their enhanced personal security and that of their property including loved ones.
"As the National Police Service, we have taken all the necessary steps and measures to enhance security in all parts of the country, including all critical infrastructure. The public should not therefore panic and migrate from their homes or ordinary places of residence in fear and anticipation of chaos," continued the statement.