, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has obtained a court order blocking his intended arrest, moments after the Director of Public Prosecutions was given the go-ahead to charge him.
Kidero obtained the order on Monday after High Court judge Isaac Lenaola okayed the charges after the Governor failed to reach an out-of-court settlement with Nairobi Women’s Representative Rachel Shebesh.
The order blocking his arrest will be in force until Thursday.
As Kidero faces assault charges, Shebesh is expected to be charged with creating a disturbance during an altercation at City Hall in September last year.
While giving the directions on Monday, Justice Lenaola emphasised the need for both parties to take the matter seriously.
“From the information coming from all the parties, it seems that this matter is not being taken as seriously as it should. For that matter, I see no reason to extend the order of stay. The case by the petitioner (seeking to stop the charges against Kidero) will however now be heard on the 28th of this month,” he stated.
The two had been given seven days to enter into dialogue and reconciliation over the September assault saga, or face charges.
Shebesh through her lawyer Cecil Miller indicated that she tried to communicate with the Governor with little success and was now ready to be charged to ensure a speedy conclusion of the matter.
He filed an affidavit indicating that follow-up phone calls made to Kidero’s office went unanswered and there wasn’t response to a letter he dispatched on Friday last week.
Kidero’s lawyer Tom Ojienda on the other hand after also being enjoined to the case asked the court to extend the period for negotiations saying that they were not given enough time to respond to the letter by Shebesh.
Ojienda also argued that the statement by Shebesh that she was ready to be charged was made in bad faith stating that it went contrary to the spirit of reconciliation.
“The statement that Shebesh has made goes against the spirit of reconciliation. We are trying to resolve this issue amicably but what she is saying may slow down the process,” he said.