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Kenyans experience traffic snarl ups on major highways during festive season

By Wangu Kanuri December 24th, 2022 1 min read

Motorists have complained of traffic snarl-ups on major highways out of Nairobi during the festive season.

Reports indicate the Nairobi-Nakuru route and Nakuru-Kisumu are among the most affected, having experienced heavy vehicle traffic from December 20, 2022.

Nairobi News understands the traffic backlog left motorists using up to 14 hours on journeys that normally take between 6-8 hours.

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The most notorious spots are Mai Mahiu near Naivasha and Ahero junction, some 30km from Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city which has been affected by the upgrade of the junction.

Traffic snarl-ups are common during the festive season as several Nairobians travel to their villages to spend time with their loved ones.

The government says indiscipline on the road, especially overlapping of cars on single carriage lanes, is the main case of the traffic jams.

Here are some of the reactions from travelers.


In a bid to provide safety during the festive season, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki directed the Inspector General of Police, Japhet Koome, to crack down heavily on those found flouting traffic rules.

He added that his Ministry would provide police officers with the necessary support to enforce the safety of every Kenyan on the road.