- President Joko Widodo was caught up in traffic on his way to an official event
- After waiting for 30 minutes in his car, he decided to walk
- Crowds gathered to cheer him on
Traffic jams are a permanent and infuriating feature of Nairobi city. However, we might be better off compared to Indonesia's port city of Cilegon.
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo was approaching the city, which is two-hours drive from the capital Jakarta, when he was caught up in heavy traffic on Thursday, October 5.
He was on his way to attend a military parade. After waiting for 30 minutes in his car for it to clear up, he decided to walk.
National police chief Tito Karnavian and other senior government officials joined the president in the searing heat of the day. They walked over two kilometers to the event.
Crowds gathered and cheered on the president and his entourage as security personnel kept a close eye on them.
Indonesian social media was awash with videos and photos of the unusual sight. Some wondered why there hadn't been a plan in place to clear the road for the president.
However, others praised the president for being down to earth.
Watch the president walk in the video below.