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City Hall’s Sh40m facelift for Nairobi ahead of Obama’s visit

The Nairobi County government will spend approximately Sh40 million to beautify the city ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit in July.

The fisrt phase of the project started in May will cover Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way.

It will also include a face-lift to areas a radius of five kilometers from the Central Business District.

A giant billboard of President Uhuru Kenyatta with Governor Evans Kidero will also be put up at the JKIA junction as a welcome sign to visitors.

Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke on Friday said the project is expected to continue even after President Obama’s visit.

“For Nairobi be recognized as one of the most attractive city in the world, the County will seek partnership from institutions such as Sameer Africa and Panafric to make Nairobi an attractive city,” he said during an inspection tour of the project.

“The County Government will plant palm trees along the median of the roads towards the airport to make the place more tropically admirable to the visitors in country,” he said.

The beautification project started in May when 1,000 youths drawn from the 17 sub-counties in the city were hired to plant seedlings and unclog drainages.

Areas targeted in the project are the Central Business District, Limuru Road, Ngong Road, Forest Road and Muranga Road.