Beleaguered Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh was last Thursday night involved in a physical fight at a Nairobi hotel, that has left her nursing an arm injury.
According to multiple reliable sources, Shebesh checked in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Upper Hill District accompanied by Nairobi County Senator Gidion Mbuvi shortly past 10pm.
A senior manager at the hotel told the Star yesterday that they booked the prestigious business suite on 5th floor for a meeting while being served drinks, where the duo are frequent patrons.
A few hours later, a shouting match ensued between the two long after their bodyguards had left.
“We could just hear her (Shebesh) throwing some unprintable words to the guest she was with. However, we could not access the suite as the lift to the 5th floor is controlled and restricted by our seniors and the private guests only,” said the manager.
Sonko yesterday confirmed the incident but played it down saying we should not probe his private life.
He however confirmed that Shebesh had reported him to the Coalition of Violence Against Women (Covaw) lobby group that has since called him. Sonko claimed the women rep assaulted him and said he will be seeking legal redress in due course.
The Senator launched a scathing attack at the top leadership of Covaw for allegedly condemning and threatening to take legal action against him.
“I have been told that she (Shebesh) has reported the matter to Kilimani Police Station, but time will tell the truth. Men are being battered in silence but the so called Covaw which is composed of divorcees has the tenacity to attack men wherever they feel one of their own has been mishandled,” he said yesterday.
Efforts to contact Shebesh were futile, as her phone went unanswered. We also could not reach Covaw yesterday.
In August, Sonko denied in an interview with a local daily that he was romantically involved with Shebesh.
“I love Rachel so much as a good friend, but people just exaggerate things. I haven’t slept with her. I don’t know why people want to spoil Rachel’s good name. There is no romantic link between us,” Sonko was quoted saying.
The incident comes hot on the heels of another incident which police are still investigating, where Shebesh and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero were involved in a scuffle, with each claiming that they were assaulted.
Shebesh reported to Parliament Police Station that Kidero slapped her while the governor recorded a statement at Central Police Station alleging Shebesh hit him on the groin.