Kenya has had its fair share of state visits by high ranking government officials from other countries like the highly publicized visit by Obama last year and today another high ranking government official jetted in the country, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Prime Minister is in the country for a three day visit and it is an important one since it has been decades since an Israeli Prime Minister visited Kenya. The President welcomed the Prime Minister to Kenya today and it was shown via the official President’s Twitter account.
Receiving the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of his three-day State Visit in the country. pic.twitter.com/lfdxwqPqcS
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) July 5, 2016
However, Netanyahu’s visit brought a host of problems just like the Obama visit to Kenya. Some people who were commuting from their homes to work complained of the massive traffic jam while others complained that they were not warned early enough to escape the jam.
The visit had to be compared to the biblical Israel
Netanyahu had better be delivering the 10 commandments to warrant this traffic.
— Ty (@tyrus_) July 5, 2016
Some compared his visit with our President’s visit if he visited Israel instead
Waiyaki way and Westlands at large shutdown because of Netanyahu wonder if Israel would close as much as a kiosk for Ukenyattas visit?
— kisauti (@WaKimuyu) July 5, 2016
How much traffic did uhuru cause in Israel?
— LADY MORMONT! (@zker) July 5, 2016
Others wondered why the Prime Minister was not transported by air instead
Netanyahu has brought Nairobi to a standstill. Why do they choose rush hour to move around? Hakuna choppers kwani??
— Ramangwashe (@RamzZy_) July 5, 2016
More biblical jokes.
With the traffic Netanyahu has caused in Nairobi…Kenyans now understand why it took the Israelites 40yrs to get to Canaan. ???
— Miss lorrd (@mwachandi_joy) July 5, 2016
All we need now is a traffic cop named Moses to help clear the traffic
— Development Program (@roomthinker) July 5, 2016
On Facebook, Kenyans expressed their agony over the traffic standstill thanks to Netanyahu’s visit to Kenya.
More traffic woes
Others wanted the President to Skype the Prime Minister
This joke again?
Since the Prime Minister is in Kenya for a three day visit during the weekday, you can expect heavy traffic during this week. You will expect people to use crowd sourced traffic info services like Ma3Route or Waze more this week to find the best time to head home in the evening or come to work early in the morning.