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Let's work together, Shebesh urges Kidero

31 March 2014, 13:33 Mike Munga

Nairobi - Nairobi Women Representative, Rachael Shebesh on Sunday stressed that the beef between her and Nairobi County Governor, Dr Evans Kidero is over and they are now working together to ensure Nairobi residents are getting better services.

She has urged Nairobians to put politics aside and work with all elected leaders so they can help better their lives and lives of the coming generations.

"I want to repeat that my differences with Governor Kidero is over and I urge him to feel free working with me to help people of Nairobi County lead a better life," she said.

The Women Rep was speaking during the launch of table banking, an initiative aimed at availing loans to women at a lower interest rate to enhance their businesses.

She noted that Women Reps are facing some difficulties in running matters in their areas of jurisdiction since they have not been allocated any funds, but said she will use other means, including table banking, to see that people’s lives improve.

Governor Kidero, who was scheduled to attend the event, did not show up but was instead represented by Nairobi County secretary who said the Governor was ready to support the initiative.

Table banking, which was first introduced by Deputy President William Ruto's wife, Rachael Ruto, inspired Shebesh to introduce it in Nairobi County.

"I toured the Rift Valley where the initiative is running and was impressed on how it had changed people’s lives," she said, expressing optimism that it will achieve the same success.

Nominated Senator Zipporah Kittony, who was the guest speaker at the launch, thanked Shebesh for her big heart and urged women to seize the opportunity and use the project effectively in order for them to prosper.

She also appealed for the women to be accorded the respect they deserve as they play a great role in leadership and within the society.

"We have come from far in terms of women representation in the assembly, let us work together in achieving our unity as a community," she said.

The event, that took place at Marion Preparatory Schools in Kahawa West, saw members of the County Assembly from both TNA and CORD parties attend, where they vowed to work with the Women Rep.

"When you empower a woman, you empower a society and from today henceforth we will be behind our Women Rep to make the lives of Nairobi women prosper," said Kahawa Ward MCA, Amos.

Alice Wanjiku, a business lady from Soweto, Nairobi, praised the initiative and said the initiative will assist many families living in deplorable conditions.

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