Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici has issued an apology after a video of man reprimanding her for breaking traffic rules emerged.
In the video, the man is seen accosting the leader whose black Nissan Patrol registration KCM 141R is on the wrong side of the road.
Visibly angry, the man in the undated video shouted expletives at the politician, even accusing her of trying to assault him.
“Shame on you! You are a grown woman! What the hell is this car? Follow the rules! And you’re coming here to try and punch me?” he shouted.
Through a statement on Twitter, Ngirici apologised for the incident saying that she’s learned her lesson.
“Going by the clip making rounds on social media, yes, sometimes back I had an incident involving overlapping on the road. I was rushing to attend to a patient by the name Magdalene Wawira who was admitted at KNH.
“Sometimes, even leaders are reminded by the citizens about society and its values. I took the lesson, appreciated and apologized accordingly. To grow together as one cohesive and harmonious society, we must remind and correct each other whenever we go wrong or make mistakes.”
Politicians breaking traffic laws
Ngirici’s is the latest in a string of incidents whereby politicians have been accused of bullying other road users, even driving against oncoming traffic to beat jams.
However, Kenyans are standing up to the mannerless leaders by refusing to give way.
Just two months ago, activist and photojournalist Boniface Mwangi refused to give way to a VIP entourage driving on the wrong side of the road.
“Why are you driving on the wrong side? I’m not going to move,” he is heard telling a bodyguard who had alighted from one of the vehicles.
“I only give way to ambulances and fire engines. I block entitled civil servants and politicians who love to use sirens to avoid traffic. As a taxpayer, l expect the people in these big cars to follow the law and work towards solving the perennial traffic jams,” he later wrote on social media.
I only give way to ambulances and fire engines. I block entitled civil servants and politicians who love to use sirens to avoid traffic. As a taxpayer, l expect the people in this big cars to follow the law and work towards solving the perennial traffic jams. @NPSOfficial_KE pic.twitter.com/HIJDKEVbB4 — #FreeStellaNyanzi (@bonifacemwangi) June 24, 2019
In 2016, Mwangi also blocked Mwingi West MP Bernard Kitungi’s vehicle that was being driven on the wrong side of the road.
Alongside, Larry Madowo, they forced the driver to reverse and follow traffic.
In the video, Mwangi was seen telling the MP to “respect the law” and drive on the correct side of the road.
Following constant complaints from motorists, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai warned politicians against breaking traffic rules.
According to the May 2019 directive, motorists should only give way to vehicles belonging to the President, Deputy President, First Lady, Cabinet Secretaries for Defence, Interior and Foreign Affairs and their Principal Secretaries as well as ambulances and the fire brigade.