NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – A women’s lobby group has urged Nairobi Woman Representative Rachael Shebesh to settle her differences with Governor Evans Kidero amicably.
The group calling itself the Nairobi Women against Impunity argues that the current standoff between the two leaders may derail the city’s development.
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.
“We acknowledge the fact that it was not only Shebesh that was wronged as she also behaved unprofessionally when she stormed into the Governor’s office unannounced and with no prior notice for her visit.”
Akinyi asked Shebesh “to allow us women our dignity, decency, pride and principles of being proud African/Kenyan women who love, respect and portray our family union, forgive, are united and live in submissiveness.”
Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi has also urged the two to settle their differences and instead focus on serving the citizens.
Despite all the pressure, the Nairobi Woman Representative says she will not forgive and will instead continue with her bid to have him prosecuted.
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.”
“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.”
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.
The applications pending in court were filed after seven days given to the two leaders to reconcile lapsed.