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Nairobians caught in heavy traffic as school holidays begin

Motorists in Nairobi experienced heavy traffic on Friday morning occasioned by the closure of several schools for the December holidays.

In addition Catholic University of East Africa, Africa Nazarene University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology and Pan Africa Christian University are all holding graduation ceremonies on Friday.

Some of the roads that were mostly affected included Thika Superhighway, Langata road, Ngong Road and Mbagathi Way.

Traffic police boss Leonard Katana subsequently advised motorists to avoid major roads in Nairobi and instead use alternative routes to their destinations.

“The major snarl up today can be attributed to schools being closed, which leads to a lot of motorists being on the road either to pick their children from school or are using public means,” Mr Katana said.

“Please use alternative routes especially those heading to Ngong since the road is still under construction. However, traffic police officers have been dispatched to these areas,” he added.

Motorists in Nairobi poured their frustrations on twitter all morning.