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Traffic Costs Nairobi $570,000 a Day as No. 2 Africa Hub

Nairobi’s top traffic cop, Edward Mwamburi, called it the most stressful day of the year: the last day of last month fell on a Friday, meaning paychecks were banked and motorists were ready to party. That made the city’s clotted roads even more chaotic than usual.

“People misbehave on the roads because they see things are haywire, even people who want to be law-abiding,” he said. “If road users can’t be considerate to us and each other, then they will never respect the lights.”