Ahead of Azimio’s planned protests, police presence intensified on major roads in Nairobi from midnight on Sunday, causing fear among motorists and leading to some matatu operators boycotting business.
The deserted streets of Nairobi’s Central Business District on Monday contrasted with the usual bustling activity that starts as early as 5 am.
Most businesses remain closed until now, past 9.30am. There is fear of opening businesses,
This morning ni kama Nairobi CBD ni safi lakini bado sifungui baze yangu ya smokie juu hii #Maandamano haiwezi eleweka kama iko ama haiko.Tweets @itswinnienjeri
Nairobi CBD looks like a ghost town. On a Monday!! I have seen busier Sundays/holidays A record 7 minutes Roysambu to town.
Shops closed. Few only partially opened & will depend on how things go. Hawa wazee waketi chini waongee we can’t live like this. Handshake inevitableTweets @proTvMounting
Uhuru Highway roundabout has been guarded both sides. One might think there is a battle to capture the Nairobi CBD. Same with the roundabout to Nairobi University. Traffic flowing.@David_Indeje
Areas that are typically packed with people, such as Kenya National Archives, Afya Centre, and the vicinity of the former Hilton hotel, are nearly empty, and police patrols instructed any gathering of more than two people to disperse.
Residents have reported encountering police roadblocks on numerous routes, including Juja Road, Kibera slums, Kawangware, Mathare, Umoja, Buruburu, State House Roads, and roads near Gikomba.
According to traders at Gikomba, the absence of vehicles on the road in the wee hours of the morning had a very negative impact on their businesses.