Atheists urge voters to reject Kidero over Shebesh ‘slap’
Atheists in Kenya (AIK) have asked Nairobi voters to reject Governor Evans Kidero on August 8 as a protest for disrespecting women.
Reminding Kenyans of an incident that happened in 2013, the association says the voters, especially women, should not vote for Kidero for slapping Woman representative Rachel Shebesh.
Shebesh has led protesting city county employees who were demonstrating outside Kidero’s demanding salary increase, when the unfortunate incident happened.
The Association through its chairman Harrison Mumia the women should reject Kidero as a demonstration that violence against women should not be tolerated. “He is beholden to patriarchy and his character is deeply rooted in traditional African culture where women had no say. His actions don’t portray a leader who can champion gender equality which includes efforts to end all forms of violence, forms of sexual violence and harmful practices,” the statement reads.
He adds, “He is a failed leader in this regard.”
Mumia says by ejecting Kidero, women will be sending a strong message that violence against women, more so elected leaders, shall not be tolerated.
Kidero will be defending his seat on an ODM ticket. He will face off with Jubilee’s Mike Sonko and independent candidates Miguna Miguna and Peter Kenneth. Shebesh will also be defending her seat on Jubilee ticket.