DPP formally terminates Kidero, Shebesh cases

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has dropped charges against Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Nairobi Woman Representative Rachael Shebesh.

This follows withdrawal of the respective petitions lodged at the High Court against the Director of Public Prosecutions by both parties.

Shebesh was due to be charged with creating disturbance while Kidero was to face assault charges.

Tobiko also ordered that police close all inquiry files with no further action on the matter.

On 9th December, last year following an investigation and recommendations by the Police, the DPP had directed that Kidero be charged with the offence of assault causing actual bodily harm contrary to Section 251 of the Penal Code.

The DPP had also directed that Rachael Shebesh be charged with the offence of creating disturbance contrary to Section 95(1) (b) of the Penal Code.

On, 19th March this year, the Police however forwarded to the DPP further statements recorded by Kidero and Shebesh, formally withdrawing the criminal complaints they had lodged with the Police against each other.

ā€œIn light of the formal withdrawal of the respective complaints, it would serve no purpose and may in fact be an exercise in futility for the Director of Public Prosecutions to proceed on the charges,ā€ he stated.

Shebesh was represented by lawyer Cecil Miller while the Governor had hired the services of Tom Ojienda.

This article was published by CAPITAL FM NEWS on March 21, 2014