Boniface Mwangi Attracts Backlash After Blocking VIP Motorcade [VIDEO]

  • Controversial activist Boniface Mwangi on Monday, October 14, faced a confrontation after blocking a VIP motorcade in a Nairobi street.

    In a video posted on his Twitter, Mwangi was seen denying the right of way to a Toyota V8 lead car with blaring sirens on the busy streets.

    In the video, a plain-clothed police officer seated beside the driver with a walkie talkie in his hand was seen banging on his car, urging him to clear the way as everyone else had but Mwangi didn't budge.

    A KCH 995 E Toyota V8 vehicle seen with Raila Odinga at a campaign event. The lead car in Boniface Mwangi's video had the same number plates.

    The police officer then drove up to his window and hurled unprintables at Mwangi, who was recording the video as he rolled up his window before the convoy snaked away.

    "A police officer in KCH 995E insulted me because l refused to be bullied, he was the lead car for KCP 755S. Please, record, post & shame VIP bullies every day," he wrote soon after the incident.

    Another of Raila's car bearing the same number plate at a past campaign rally.

    "Who will protect Kenyans from these overentitled VIPs and their rogue bodyguards?" he pondered.

    A spot check has confirmed that the ODM leader Raila Odinga has been seen with a vehicle with the same number plates several times during his campaign period.

    In May 2019, the Inspector General of the Police Hillary Mutyambai released an order that would see Odinga enjoy VIP treatment along major roads and highways.

    "In light of streamlining traffic flow in major cities, I hereby direct guidelines concerning entitlement and privileges on the clearance of vehicles for VIP on roads and highways. Any other vehicle will require authority by Traffic Officer in charge in certain regions on special cases," read a statement by Mutyambai.

    The statement went ahead and named several top leaders who would be entitled to road clearance, among them the former Prime Minister.

    Boniface Mwangi, however, refuted such directives, stating that he would only give way to vehicles that exhibited a clear need to use the sirens.

    "I only give way for ambulances and marked police cars that aren't escorting entitled VIPs. I refuse to let police abuse the siren to clear traffic for the people who should be solving our traffic mess," he wrote.