We note with shock and horror the criminal incident that occurred at the offices of
the Governor for the County of Nairobi, Evans Kidero earlier today September 6,
2013. Video footage from various media outlets show Governor Evans Kidero
striking Mrs. Shebesh with his hand. The battery occurred at Governor Kidero’s
office at City Hall, Nairobi. This criminal act was committed by a public official on
public property against a citizen exercising her democratic rights.
On another clip Governor Kidero was videotaped denying any recollection that he
struck “anybody”. Those who have viewed the video footage can help the Governor
with his memory. Governor Kidero is clearly identifiable in the video footage,
raising his hand and striking Mrs. Shebesh. Further Governor Kidero’s subsequent
lies regarding the incident reflect a complete disregard for the truth and a lack of
appreciation for gravity of the offence. Governor Kidero’s behavior is criminal
and we expect the Kenya Police to investigate and the Director of Public
Prosecution-DPP to initiate criminal charges against Governor Kidero.
In light of the magnitude of the offence, and noting that it occurred on public
property while the Governor was acting in his official capacity we call for
the immediate resignation of Governor Kidero. We also call for charges to be
levied against all Kenya Police who were present and witnessed the incident
and did not act to protect the victim or report the matter to the Police. The
video footage is available and the National and County governments have details of
the police officers assigned to the Governor’s office and those present in the video.
Violence against women is illegal and we must make it unacceptable in our society.
While we note all violence against women is wrong this assault is particularly
egregious because it was by a public official, in his official capacity on public
property and against a citizen exercising her Constitutional rights.
Finally, we call on the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta to
publicly condemn this act of violence against the women of Kenya. We further seek
his assurance, and that of our national and county governments, that they will NOT
tolerate repression and violence against their citizens regardless of gender.