Avoid These Two Major Nairobi Highways Tomorrow

The highly-anticipated World Rally Championship (WRC) will be flagged off at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) on Thursday, June 24.

Avoid These Two Major Nairobi Highways Tomorrow

Police have alerted motorists and commuters to avoid two major Nairobi highways on Thursday, June 24.

The highly-anticipated World Rally Championship (WRC) will be flagged off at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) on Thursday, meaning traffic will be disrupted along Uhuru and Thika Highways between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. This is due to a public safety concern for both rally participants and regular road users.

The Safari Rally vehicles will pass through Parliament Road, Haile Selassie Avenue, Uhuru Highway, Wangari Maathai Road and then head to Kasarani through Thika Road. They will then make their way back to Thika Road, passing through Muthaiga as they head to Naivasha for the main event.

A Safari Rally car during the World Rally Championship (WRC) shakedown in Loldia on June 23, 2021. /TWITTER

Nairobi Area Traffic Commander Joshua Omukata disclosed that although the roads would not be closed, there would be constant disruptions until the event concluded.

This directive follows the announcement issued less than 24 hours ago by Interior CS Fred Matiangi on roads to be closed leading to Nakuru in the advent of the upcoming rally championship. On selected dates and times, trucks will be temporarily prohibited from accessing various points on the Nakuru Highway.

This exercise will be to facilitate required rally protocols as well as for public safety after which road use will resume regular operations.

Fans in Nairobi nonetheless will be allowed to spectate from 2:00 p.m.at the iconic Kasarani Stadium. On Friday, drivers will race through the course of Chui Lodge through to Kedong Ranch and end for the day at Oserian. 

On Saturday, the course will run through the Soysambu stage followed by the culturally popular Sleeping Warrior ending at the final stage of Elementaita. 

In all the stages, fans will be permitted to spectate and cheer on their favorite drivers but with the direction of trained safety marshals whose presence precedes the ceremonial launch of the rally itself.

On Sunday, June 27, the final day, racers will begin at the Loldia stage that will cut through Hell’s Gate and conclude at Malewa. It is at this point that the power stage will commence, with participation of World Rally Drivers for bonus points.

Besides road safety requirements, Sports CS Ambassador Amina Mohammed has reiterated the need to adhere to health protocols to ensure safety. 

She remarked on the government’s preparation to cooperate with fans and participants to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the event.

Sports CS Ambassador Amina Mohammed with President Uhuru Kenyatta during the unveiling of a Toyota Gazoo Racing Safari Rally car at State House in Nairobi. /PSCU