October 17th 2017

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Would Shebesh weather yet another storm for Nairobi Women Rep?

Only Nairobi voters will decided whether Shebesh will trounce others and reclaim her seat and finish what she already started or they will bring new brand this time.

By Mary Muthonimmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 13 Jun 2017 14:03 EAT

Rachel Shebesh displaying her certificate while she was being hospitalized at Nairobi Women’s Hospital last month.

Despite being defeated during a beauty contest pitting all Jubilee Party aspirants Rachel Shebesh eventually flood them after the party primaries. And all other candidates representing other parties appeared to rebel against Shebesh and she is soldiering to the last lap on August 8 polls.

The contestants used crafty slogans during their campaign. The seat had eight contestants whereby they were vying the Orange Democratic movement (ODM), Maendeleo Chap Chap and as well as the Jubilee tickets.

Esther Passaris, the business woman aged 52 and Beatrice  kwamboka were fighting it out on ODM while Shebesh aged 46, Karen Nyamu, Millicent Omanga as well as nominated county member of  assembly of Nairobi Alice Wambui Ng’ang’a were vying for the bid on Jubilee ticket. Nadya Khan aged 24 did her campaign with Maendeleo Chap Chap party.

Shebesh who is fighting to reclaim her position won the Jubilee nominations whereby she garnered 91,766 Votes while Millicent Omanga assembled 53,734 followed by Karen Nyamu who gathered 36,828. Passaris on her part won the ODM ticket whereby she garnered 65,104 votes while Beatrice Kwamboka had 11,296 votes. It was a do or die for Shebesh who had said that a win in Jubilee women representative bid could cost her life.

The incumbent women representative, will face Passaris and Nadya Khan from Maendeleo Chap Chap where they are now battling it out before the voters decide their fate on August 8, General Elections. Passarris is not taking Shebesh lying down and says she is convinced that she will take the seat from the.

Passaris made a speech after winning the ODM nominations saying that she was very very happy but more than that she is really looking forward to the opportunity to actually serve the Nairobians and Kenyans as a whole. She said she felt that the city really needs good leaders, leaders who actually understand that poverty is affliction of bad leaders. She also added that she has been tested and found able to deliver in leadership.

Only Nairobi voters will decided whether Shebesh will trounce others and reclaim her seat and finish what she already started or they will bring new brand this time. Shebesh is serving her second five year term in Parliament after being an elected MP before the position of Women Representative was created by the 2010 new constitution.

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