BY DOMINIC NDEGE
Itâ€™s common knowledge that Rachael Shebesh has always exploited her gender and her sexuality to get her way in a male dominated Kenyan leadership in the worst way possible.
Although she is a leader elected to an office which she can use to resolve her constituents problems she decided to exploit her gender, sexuality, and tribe to attack Kidero. Rachael can call Kidero and set up a meeting or call Uhuru directly to intervene but she chose confrontation with cameras rolling to harass, intimidate, embarrass and humiliate kidero for political expediency.
I do not begrudge her all that, however, when she reached for kidero’s crouch, called him a kihii to his face and gave him the finger, she crossed the line. If I were Kidero, I would have taken a deep breath and walked back into my gubernatorial office, however, self defense is both subjective and objective and therefore what matters is how Kidero felt at that moment and not how I would feel.
If he felt that he was under assault and he needed to defend himself, then the question is whether a reasonable person under similar circumstance would react the way he did. Only the court can answer that question and not a partisan â€˜tribalistâ€™ lynch mob.
Whether you agree with him or not but one must agree that his reaction was quick, firm, decisive, authoritative and immediately brought order to a very chaotic situation with a certain level of finality that is rare in Kenya. It really gave a glimpse as to why Kidero has been successful in business and maybe what Kenya needs in its leadership at this period of confusion by leaders who are weak, indecisive, corrupt and lack the moral authority; to steer this country into calm seas.
Of course I do not condemn violence against men, women or children but whether Kidero acted in a justifiable self defense is not a matter which I am going to concede to the partisan kikuyu/kalenjin jubilee tribalist lynch mob. This is a matter for a partial court to decide if charges against Kidero were to be brought.
This is also not a gender issue because if Kidero was wrong, it should not be because he slapped a woman but because he assaulted a human being. Most of the people uhuru and Ruto are charged with killing, maiming, raping and ethnically cleansing were women but that does not make their charges any worse than if their victims were all men.