After Ongoro drama, Shebesh now makes surprising comment

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Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh. PHOTO: THESTAR

It’s been a dramatic week on the Kenyan political scene, especially in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) camp, which was rocked by a key defection.

Nominated Senator and a Ruaraka MP aspirant Elizabeth Ongoro ditched the Raila Odinga-led party after she was fined KSh 1 million for storming the Orange house with rowdy supporters and roughing up a senior official.

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Elizabeth Ongoro receives ANC life membership certificate from ANC Secretary General Geoffrey Otsosi after defecting to the party on April 14, 2017.

The embattled legislator has since defected to Musalia Mudavadi’s party, Amani National Coalition (ANC) which is a partner in the the National Super Alliance (NASA). The recommendation by ODM disciplinary committee to bar her from contesting in the Ruaraka parliamentary race is the last straw that broke the camel’s back.

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Now, the outspoken Nairobi Women Representative, Rachel Shebesh, has spoken about the Elizabeth Ongoro-ODM saga.

Ongoro has sworn to fight on and will be contesting for the Ruaraka parliamentary seat against her sworn rival and incumbent TJ Kajwang who will fly the ODM flag.

While speaking on the issue, Shebesh said she had been aggrieved by the Orange party’s treatment of madam Ongoro.

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But the Jubilee Party politician says it is unfortunate Ongoro used crude methods to make herself heard citing violence protests that led to the death of two people.

Supporters of Ruaraka MP aspirant Elizabeth Ongoro during a protest for free and fair nominations at Orange House in Nairobi, April 5, 2017. VIA THE STAR

“I feel sorry for her…but I don’t condone violence in anyway during elections in the guise of loyal followers,” Shebesh said as quoted by Tuko.

Shebesh who is in “Team Peter Kenneth”, one of the two Jubilee Party factions fighting for political supremacy in the capital, recently announced that she will be defending her seat in the upcoming General Election scheduled for August 8.

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