• Graffiti artists and vandals have already invaded the Nairobi Expressway even before the highway’s construction is completed.

    Photos and videos of hilarious messages have been spotted on the pillars of the elevated road eight months before it is commissioned.

    The graffiti contains comic messages such as one directed to President Uhuru Kenyatta reading ‘Bazenga toa curfew‘ which means ‘Boss lift the curfew.’

    Other messages include ‘Olunga apewe sifa‘ which means ‘Olunga should receive praises’ and ‘Mo Salah karibu 254, hakuna Matata‘ which translates to ‘Welcome to Kenya Mo Salah, there is no trouble’.

    Graffiti on Nairobi Expressway pillars photographed on Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    Graffiti on Nairobi Expressway pillars photographed on Wednesday, October 13, 2021
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    The latest message was directed at Eqyptian footballer star who also plays for Premier League side Liverpool, Mo Salah when he was in the country in March 2021.

    Another clip that went viral on Wednesday, October 13 showed a boda boda operator and a client taking iron sheets from one of the sites operated by the Nairobi Expressway contractor, the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).

    The humour-filled video, which was taken in Westlands, Nairobi, showed the individuals frantically loading the looted iron sheets onto a motorbike before falling off.

    When asked about the graffiti and vandals on the upcoming highway, a representative from Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) told Muhabarishaji.com that the project was still in the hands of the contractor.

    “Nairobi Expressway is currently an active construction site, and the contractor is in charge of their security and the security of their materials and equipment,” the KeNHA officer stated.

    Efforts to reach the contractor for comment were, however futile as the Nairobi Expressway team did not respond to our questions.

    Graffiti on Nairobi Expressway pillars photographed on Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    Graffiti on Nairobi Expressway pillars photographed on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
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    Brybell

    In 2017, Kenya National Highway Authority (KenHA) unveiled new punitive measures for individuals caught defending bridges and flyovers as well as government projects.

    KeNHA pegged the fine at Ksh85,000 per individual caught bridging the directive including those who plaster unauthorised graffiti and posters on road rails.

    The authority had in 2013 also introduced a new bill that fined those caught vandalising road property Ksh1 million each.

    The construction of the Nairobi Expressway, which is valued at Ksh65 billion, is set to be finalised in June 2022.

    Below is the video:

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