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Statement by the National Women's Steering Committee(NWSC) on Governor Kidero’s battery of Mrs. Shebesh

Kidero must resign and be prosecuted for assault against Honorable Rachel Shebesh

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.