Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to land in Kenya on Tuesday, November 28, to grace the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta and this should worry every Nairobian.
The last time Netanyahu was in Kenya for an official three-day State visit in July 2016, he left a bad taste in the mouth of common Nairobians minding their own businesses and simply trying to commute to work.
There were massive traffic snarl-ups and it was impossible to move from one side of the city to the next.
Several companies decided to allow their employees to work from home as major roads in the Capital remained closed for the better part of his State-tour.
“Roads would remain closed for the day including Chiromo Road between Westlands and Museum Hill which would be closed all day to vehicles from Westlands to the central business district (CBD).
“At some stage, Kenyatta Avenue and State House Avenue will also be closed. Later in the day, Uhuru Highway, Haile Selassie Avenue, Parliament Road and Wabera Street will also be closed,”Nairobi Police Commandant Japheth Koome informed the public.
Mr. Netanyahu angered many locals because of the heavy traffic jam his visit caused but it only proved that Israelis were not taking any chances with the security of their PM.
Netanyahu resided at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Westlands and those around the area experience network failure.
Due to the inconvenience his visit caused, many Kenyans took to Twitter to express their frustrations and he was on the top trending topics.
PM Netanyahu got wind of what Kenyans were saying and offered an apology for bringing Nairobi to a standstill.
“Now I have to tell you I don’t understand we are driving through Nairobi there is no traffic problem. But nonetheless, I am sorry that after many pleasurable things that this visit evokes and good things for good.”
“To borrow President Kenyatta’s praise there is this inconvenience so I apologise to the people of Kenya will have to wait, people of Nairobi will have to wait in line and I tell you that we too have waited decades for this visit. We are glad to be here,” Netanyahu apologised.
However, this time around his visit might not be that of an inconvenience because the day has been marked as a public holiday.