Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh has revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto convinced her to forgive Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero over last year’s incident at City Hall where she was slapped by the Governor.
Shebesh said the President and his deputy were concerned that the intrigues between her and Kidero were painting the Jubilee administration negatively and asked her to take the bold step and forgive him. She said the President called her several times to consider forgiving Kidero so as to unlock their stalled working relationship that was impacting negatively on the city.
“I want to confirm today that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy were instrumental in my act of forgiving Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero,” said Shebesh in a media briefing at her Ridgeways home. She said the President was not happy with the stalemate between the two and was worried that Nairobi being the most central county to the nation, needed delivery of services from its elected leaders who were embroiled in a prolonged public spat.
“The President expressed concern that the stalemate between the two leaders was likely to be interpreted as failure to strike a working relationship between the Jubilee and Cord coalitions,” Shebesh said. “After carefully examining the pleas from the President and his deputy, it was only fair for me to forgive Kidero for the sake of Nairobi and the country at large,”added the Nairobi Women Representative.
Shebesh was due to be charged with creating a public disturbance while Kidero was to face assault charges over last year’s altercation at City Hall where the Nairobi Governor slapped her. This was after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko approved charges proposed by police over the ugly September 6 face-off.
Tobiko had asked the police to investigate the incident at the governor’s office. The case went to court but before the two faced charges, they applied that it be halted as they negotiated a truce. Early this month, Shebesh in a church service announced she had unconditionally forgiven Kidero for assaulting her.
While accepting the reconciliation offer, Kidero also posted a message on his Twitter handle saying: “With utmost sincerity and respect, I would like to thank my sister Rachel Shebesh for her forgiveness. I will continue working with her very closely in achieving the mandate for which we were elected. God Bless her.” Reconciliation Kidero added: “As she said, this conflict had come in the middle of county development and this reconciliation is a fresh start.
We will now work on the same page ensuring that we develop Nairobi together.” Shebesh said the President and his deputy emphasised to her the need for healing and cohesion as the country had not fully lived out of the tensions of the general election. “The theme for the Jubilee government this year is reconciliation and healing among Kenyans and they emphasised to me this could be derailed for Nairobi if I did not forgive Kidero,” Shebesh said.
In a church service yesterday at World Outreach Church, Dagoretti, Shebesh said she is now ready to work with Kidero to fast-track development projects in Nairobi. “I am now confident and I promise Nairobi residents I will work with Governor Kidero to deliver services to them,” Shebesh said. She said Nairobi needs a new beginning in order for the Jubilee government to fulfill its election pledges such as slum upgrading and issuing the Nubian community with title deeds.
This came after Shebesh, had earlier said the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya had also contributed to convincing her to let go and forgive her adversary. “The decision to forgive the Governor was mediated by the Archbishop of the Anglican Church (Rt Rev Eliud Wabukala) of which I am a member and my mother who is a reverend there.
It does not matter at what level you are or who you are, when a spiritual guide approaches you, you have to listen and obey.” “They talked to me and I opted to forgive the incident and put it behind me. I also realised it was hindering the county development,” she explained earlier this month.