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Forget slap for county’s sake

The impending court case against Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Women Representative Rachel Shebesh will be ‘a waste of time’, a section of city leaders now say.

Speaker Alex Ole Magelo, Majority leader Elias Otieno and Minority Whip Hashim Kamau (California, TNA) say the matter can be resolved out of court.

Muddy waters

They think that the dispute will distract them from running county affairs and disturb the muddy coalition waters. This comes at a time the leaders are embarking on the next phase of development agenda.

“We had offered to reconcile the two. What had happened on the fateful day can be solved. It was just an embarrassing incident, borne out of anger and emotions, not a serious crime,” said Mr Magelo.

The case against Dr Kidero faces a potential setback after some of the seven witnesses lined up by Ms Shebesh expressed a desire to withdraw from the case.

One of them, Mr Jamleck Kamau (TNA Chief Whip) said several witnesses were no longer interested in the case.

“We are already fatigued by the matter. The differences can be discussed because the legal process is not helping any of the leaders. It is distractive to the county development and cohesion among city leaders,” said Mr Kamau.

The sentiments come in the wake of anxiety created by an order by Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko that both Dr Kidero and Ms Shebesh should be charged over what happened at the governor’s office in September.

During the incident, Ms Shebesh allegedly stormed Dr Kidero’s office together with hundreds of  striking county workers and hit him on the groin. Dr Kidero in turn allegedely slapped her.

Mr Tobiko recommends the governor be charged with assault and Ms Shebesh with creating a disturbance.