5 January 2014

Kenya: Let's Meet in Court, Shebesh Tells Kidero

Nairobi — Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh says she is ready to face alleged charges for creating a disturbance during an altercation with Governor Evans Kidero, but wants him swiftly prosecuted for assault.

Shebesh through her lawyer Cecil Miller says she understands an order was issued by a Nairobi Court for them to enter into negotiations within seven days, but has no intention to pursue that option.

"My instructions are to file an affidavit in court in the same matter indicating there is no intention to negotiate. There are no discussions ongoing and my client wants the full force of the law to take effect," Miller told Capital FM News.

He says Shebesh is more than willing to face charges and Kidero should be ready to face prosecution.

He added that witnesses in the assault case against Kidero are intact contrary to speculation.

The High Court on Friday directed the two politicians to enter into dialogue and reconciliation within seven days or face charges.

Justice Isaac Lenaola issued the order after a petitioner moved to court to block Governor Kidero's intended prosecution as recommended by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

"My ruling is not based on Kidero's position or social status. If it were any other citizen, I would rule the same way. Let Evans Kidero and Rachael Shebesh enter into dialogue within seven days and try to resolve their differences amicably," the judge ruled.

He pointed out that if the two failed to reach an amicable solution, the Director of CID should arraign them in court to face charges.

"If dialogue does not resolve the issue, then both of them should be brought before court and charged," he said.

The DPP had directed detectives at the Criminal Investigations Department to charge Kidero for assaulting Shebesh at City Hall in September last year.

He has also directed the police to charge the Nairobi Women Representative with creating a disturbance, following the confrontation that occurred outside the Governor's office.

Shebesh had accused Kidero of assaulting her in an incident that was captured on camera as she led protesters to his office in September.

Kidero in turn recorded a statement at the Central Police station, accusing Shebesh of assaulting him.

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