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Normalcy returns to Nairobi after elections anxiety

Nairobi is steadily roaring back to life following a lull period caused by the announcement a President-elect by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC)

A spot check by Nairobi News on Tuesday indicates a buzz of activities had returned to the capital’s Central Business District (CBD) with shops, businesses, and government offices open to vehicle and human traffic.

This normalcy had been halted amid fears of protests when the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commision (IEBC) announced William Ruto as President-elect which left the city deserted.

The presidential results were received with varied reactions both in the CBD and a number of estates.

Most shops that were closed on Monday are now operating fully.

Justus Wasonga who owns an eatery within the CBD said that he’d made good sales.

“I was concerned yesterday (on Monday) because everybody left the town early. Today has been far better and hopefully, the situation will get better.”

Public service vehicles were also operating into and outside Nairobi and to all estates.

“We were not able to operate as usual in Mathare because of some disturbance in Mathare. Things are now normal.”

The business as usual stance comes on the day the National Security Advisory Committee urged Kenyans to resume their daily activities following the electioneering period.

Addressing the nation from Harambee House, Head of Public Service, and chair of the committee, Joseph Kinyua, assured Kenyans and foreigners residing in Kenya that the country remains secure and peaceful after the just concluded elections.

“The government has and continues to take all necessary measures to ensure that the entirety of the country is safe and secure and calls on all Kenyan and business community to resume their normal daily activities and get back to the business of building our great nation,” said Mr Kinyua.