Police summon Shebesh over guard ‘assault’

January 28, 2014 12:16 pm


Police want Shebesh to report to the Kileleshwa Police Station where the complaint was lodged/FILE
Police want Shebesh to report to the Kileleshwa Police Station where the complaint was lodged/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – Police have now issued fresh summons for Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh to record a statement for allegedly assaulting her guard.

Police want Shebesh to report to the Kileleshwa Police Station where the complaint was lodged.

“You are kindly asked to avail (sic) yourself or make arrangements so that your statement can be taken for the reasons of putting the matter to its logical conclusion in terms of investigations,” the summons read in part.

The summons indicate that she allegedly slapped the complainant, Kazungu Changawa, on July 17, 2013 at an apartment block on Riverside Drive.

The police order comes amid a row between her and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero whom she wants prosecuted for allegedly slapping her outside City Hall last year.

At the weekend, Shebesh vowed that she will not forgive the Governor for ‘slapping her’ and will instead continue with her bid to have him prosecuted.

Speaking at a Church service in Nairobi’s Dandora estate on Sunday, Shebesh stated that what Kidero did was not just an affront on her but to all the women in Kenya.

She wants him to “stop sending brokers to seek forgiveness on his behalf, and instead prepare to defend himself in court” even as a group of women under the Nairobi Women against Impunity urged her to forgive the governor.

The group’s chairperson Elizabeth Akinyi on Monday said the two leaders were looked upon as role models by the city’s populace and they should embrace forgiveness.

“We call on Shebesh to forgive as she said her mother taught her, unless there are other underlying factors between the two of them,” she appealed.

“I don’t have to be taught forgiveness by brokers who are telling me to forgive Kidero. My mother is the one who taught me forgiveness and I know how to forgive,” she said. “Women are the best forgivers but you know what happened to me did not happen just to Shebesh. It is an affront to the women of Kenya.”

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has urged the two leaders to reconcile and focus more on service delivery to city residents.

“We were not voted in so that the Governor can show us drama on how best he can slap a woman,” Sonko said at the church service also attended by Deputy President William Ruto. “We were also not voted in so that women can go to the Governor’s office so that they can start making noise.”

Petitions filed separately by Kidero and Shebesh seeking to block prosecution are pending, after the High Court extended conservatory orders until February 7 when further directions will be issued.

Justice David Majanja also consolidated the two applications which will be heard next month when the politicians will be required to explain why they should not face separate charges for assault and creating disturbance.

The Director of Public Prosecutions wants Kidero charged with assaulting Shebesh, who will also face creating disturbance charges following last year’s altercation outside City Hall.

Shebesh, through lawyer Cecil Miller, has indicated she is ready to face prosecution and wants Kidero to also face the law.


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