We will not restrict movement, Nairobi police boss says ahead of Jamhuri Day celebrations

Nairobi Regional Police Commander Adamson Bungei. [File, Standard]

Nairobi Regional Police Commander Adamson Bungei says Kenyans are free to go about their daily routine on Tuesday, during the Jamhuri Day Celebrations.

This year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations have been scheduled to take place at the Uhuru Gardens, in Nairobi.

Speaking to Journalists on Monday, Bungei said that Lang’ata Road will be busy and therefore urged Nairobians to use alternative routes to avoid congestion on the road.

However, he has also reiterated that law enforcement officers drawn from across the country will be involved in controlling traffic movement in most parts of the city, especially roads headed to the grounds.

"Langata Road will be the gateway to Uhuru Gardens. Those with intentions of using that road should think twice and maybe opt for alternative routes. It will be busy but the officers will regulate traffic. Kenyans have been advised to avoid the road. But it will not be closed." Bungei said.

Regional commissioner Katee Mwanza urged Kenyans to turn up in large numbers despite traffic restrictions.

“Please follow guidance from officers if you are driving, you will be assisted with a lot of ease. We have have mapped out the nature of crime and have taken care of that. Strategic action has been taken and the necessary action has been put in place if cases arise," he said.

Mwanza said all residents in 11 sub-counties will be ferried to the celebrations which will start at 6 am and that by 8 am everyone will be seated as they enjoy the performances that will be ongoing," he said

He said this year's theme is ‘For the Youth and that the venue will be accessed through gate three of the Uhuru Gardens.

On Sunday, Interior PS Raymond Omollo called on Kenyans to turn up in large numbers for the 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations.

The PS said 30,000 people are expected to attend the celebrations with at least three Heads of State expected to be present.