The MOJA Expressway Company the firm that runs the elevated 27-km road has announced that the Nairobi expressway has resumed operations at the toll stations which were temporarily closed on July, 13.
The three stations closed after they were vandalized by protestors include the Mlolongo, Syokimau and the SGR toll stations.
The MOJA Expressway company through a statement on Sunday, July 16 called on motorists using the Nairobi expressway to be mindful of the ongoing restoration works at the three locations.
“For your safety we urge all motorists to be mindful of the ongoing restoration works at selected location and drive within the prescribed speed limit of 80km/hr,” reads the statement.
Moreover, protesters interrupted operations of the Nairobi Expressway on Wednesday, July 12 during the countrywide anti-government demonstrations.
MOJA Expressway Company, suspended operations at the Mlolongo, Syokimau and SGR Toll Stations due to the damages accrued.
“We regret to inform you that a section of the Nairobi Expressway toll services have been temporarily halted at Mlolongo, Syokimau and SGR Toll Stations due to the ongoing demonstrations. Efforts are underway to restore normalcy to the road,” read part of the statement.
CS Condemns Vandalism
While reacting to the vandalism on Thursday, July 13, Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen said that the damage done on the Expressway could be upwards of Sh700 million.
The CS asked the Office of the Director of Criminal Investigation and the Inspector General of Police to take action against organizers of the protests.
Furthermore, Murkomen condemned the acts of vandalism and destruction of public of public property.
He noted that protesters had also destroyed other important installations including three railway stations.
“We witnessed planned attacks on key infrastructure with protesters going for materials they could sell,” he said.
“From the Ministry of Roads and Transport, we are disappointed with the organizers of yesterday’s mass action as was announced and we have assessed the damage.” Mukomen stated.
CS Murkomen faulted the opposition stating that destruction of property is not a legal way to deal with political matters adding that it was an act of terrorism meant to spread fear among Kenyans.
“Those who plan to hold other protests will face the wrath of the law, the President and the Cabinet will ensure such behavior ends,” he added.