Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici has spoken out after a video of an angry Kenyan man lecturing her for violating traffic rules went viral on social media.
In the 17-second video recording, a man dressed in shorts and a t-shirt is seen scolding the politician for overlapping and attempting 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?” the man yells at Ngirici.
Unruly Kirinyaga Women Rep Wangui Ngirici. Overlapping and assaulting motorists. @bonifacemwangi @RobertAlai @AnneWaiguru @mitskimiti @citizentvkenya @TheStarKenya @K24Tv @pulselivekenya @FredMatiangi pic.twitter.com/qRyzzUo2hY
— Ustadh Kambona (@mtanashati) September 2, 2019
Shortly after she was scolded by the irate man, Ms. Ngirici is seen boarding her SUV with registration number KCM 141R, which was parked in the middle of the road.
After the video went viral on Tuesday morning, Ms. Ngirici took to Twitter to explain why she was using the wrong side of the road, stating that she apologized over the incident.
She wrote: “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 Magdale Wawira who was admitted at KNH.”
She added: “ Sometimes, even leaders are reminded by the citizens about the 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 ~ PWN.”
In a long Facebook post, the man who reprimanded Ms. Ngirici said he was headed to his brother’s house in Kilimani area when a black SUV begun to overlap and almost hit another vehicle head-on.
The man identified as Oluoch Dickens said he was forced to confront the politician after she alighted her vehicle to threaten a motorist who refused to give way.
“A woman [Ngirici] came out from the back seat accompanied by what looked like her bodyguards …she started insulting the driver demanding that he comes out of the car. She was very abusive,” he noted.
Oluoch said he was in pain as he had just undergone surgery and been discharged from Aga Khan Hospital two days before.
“I couldn’t just take it…I asked my Uber guy to stop..struggled to come out of the car and confronted her and her team…I didn't know who the hell she was but could put that face to a noisy politician..couldn’t just tell who..she and her team tried to confront me but I stood my ground though in a lot of pain and dint allow them to know. ”
“We all must obey the law,” he added.