Nairobi women rep Racheal Shebeshi she has vowed to defend her seat in August 8th General elections/FILE
BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,6TH APRIL 2017-The Nairobi women rep Rachel Shebesh has announced that she will defend her city woman representative seat and expressed confidence that she will win.
“Na nitamaliza miaka tano huko (I will hold office for five more years),” she said, adding she would go for a higher post afterwards.
“Lazima niendee promotion…si ni lazima? Lakini sahii tumalizie wamama kazi yao kwanza (I must go for a promotion but for now let me finish serving women),” she continued without giving details of the ‘promotion’.
Shebesh asked women not to let women intimidate them in the electioneering period.
She was referring to an incident in which ODM Nominated senator Elizabeth Ongoro accused Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang of intimidation.
Ongoro accused ODM leaders of intimidating and frustrating her but said she will not longer tolerate the “nonsense”.
Nairobi businesswoman Esther Passaris, who joined ODM last week, is among politicians who have expressed interest in the seat. Others include MCA Wangui Ng’ang’a and Millicent Omanga.
Passaris initially wanted to vie for Nairobi governor. In a poll last year, she was termed the preferred candidate to vie for woman MP, with a backing of 29 per cent.
She was followed by Shebesh at 26 per cent. At the time neither Passaris nor Shebesh had declared intentions to vie for the seat.
Shebest made the announcement during a meeting with women in Kasarani, Nairobi, on Thursday.