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Mr. Speaker, please behave, Sir!

Mr. Speaker, please behave, Sir!

We should recall that earlier this year traffic police officers arrested a member of parliament for driving an unregistered vehicle. It was considered a traffic offence.

The head of police, Inspector General Munu was immediately summoned to parliament where the Speaker, Justice Abel Strong, took a swipe at the police boss for subjecting the Honourable Members of Parliament to public ridicule.

After all, the MP was being protected by his parliamentary immunity. He was on his way to parliament to carry out his constitutional duty, so the police had no right to arrest him. We are quoting in part the Speaker, his action suggesting the parliamentarians were above the law.

We at Sierra Express Media do not see it in that light. In the same vein, we are not impressed with the way and manner the Speaker drives his vehicle across the city. The way he drives reinforces the point that they, the lawmakers are above the laws they themselves formulate in parliament. It gives the impression that the Hon. Speaker, the third gentleman of the republic, does not respect traffic rules in the city.

We say so because we are witnesses to the reckless manner he continues to use his emergency lights, the incessant honking of his official jeep and the unreasonable overtaking of other vehicles number of times on the road.

Why the emergency lights, Sir? Where are you rushing to, after few hours from parliament?

Other motorists too have rights on the road. That besides excessive overtaking can be dangerous, if not to your own life but to others. By the way, tell your driver to stop hooting unnecessarily. It is complete public nuisance.

We hope the speaker won’t take offence but regard it as a little piece of advice. It is just a simple caution. We do not mean to belittle your office; after all, you are the third gentleman of the republic.

We thought you should be the brightest example if we are to succeed in our attitudinal and behavioral change campaign.

Please Sir, behave your self!

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