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Long night for freeing Nairobi residents as they are trapped in a 10 hour traffic between Makutano-Mwea and kenol

Heavy traffic snarl-up along the meru-Nairobi highway. Image/file

Nairobi residents freeing the city after the lockdown of the city by the president were caught in a 10 hour long traffic between Kenol in Muranga and Kambiti, a distance of 10kms.

The snarl-up which began around 6pm in the evening just after the president announced the cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi wasstill on at 4am in the morning as residents tried to move out of the city to beat the 12am deadline when the lockdown became effective.

Long queues of anxious city dwellers eager to leave the city were seen along the busy thika road as they attempted to catch a public means out of the city.

Residents we spoke to argued that with the lockdown, life in Nairobi would definitely be unbearable as most of them lost their jobs when the coronavirus pandemic hit the country and right now, it was unthinkable for them how life would be with the lockdown.

It took the intervention of the police to bring order on the busy Nairobi-Meru highway just past midnight with traffic grindlock making the busy highway impassable.