Is Hon Rachael Shebesh Headed to TNA? (Updated)

Shebesh and Uhuru at Magugu’s funeral in Kiambu this week. She has been missing at ODM functions

Hon Rachael Shebesh is an ODM nominated member of parliament and for the second time in as many months, she has been forced to come out and deny allegations that she is finding favour in Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA and that she has already been lined up as the party’s candidate for women’s representative for Nairobi.

Since the start of the 10th parliament when she was nominated to parliament by ODM, Shebesh has curved a solid reputation as a fearless defender of the ODM and its leadership. Things appear to have taken a turn for the worst in July this year when during the Orange Party Women’s Congress at Bomas of Kenya, Shebesh led in expressing accusations of imposition of leadership into the ODM National Women Democrats League leadership amid chaos during the announcement. The elections turned chaotic with a furious Shebesh almost roughing up Philip Okundi, the then ODM National Elections Board chairman. Okundi was whisked away by police officers. It is instructive that Shebesh no longer attends ODM party functions and was prominently absent during recent campaigns for the just concluded by-elections in Ndhiwa and Kajiado North.

Then in August, eyebrows were raised when Shebesh attended NARC’s Charity Ngilu presidential campaign launch where she paid glowing tribute to the water minister and declared her “the best choice” for State House.

This week Shebesh was pictured together with Uhuru Kenyatta and other TNA leaders in Kiambu attending the funeral of former cabinet minister Arthur Magugu. That led to speculation that she is warming up to TNA and is only a matter of time before she officially defects from ODM.

In her facebook wall yesterday, Hon. Shebesh denied that she had left ODM but also asserted that she would leave if her stay became untenable.

In the meantime, the ODM Elections Board has been reconstituted and the Party Leaders have ruled out handing direct nominations to any elective seat. ODM candidates were also assured of free and fair nomination exercise.

Stop Press: Rachel Shebesh attends TNA Strategy Meeting in Naivasha

Following our post above earlier today, it is emerging Sunday afternoon that the Hon Rachael Shebesh has gone back on her word and attended a TNA strategy meeting for members of parliament in Naivasha.

Shebesh is among a group of 35 MPs currently meeting under the umbrella of TNA allied MPs in Naivasha for strategy on the 2013 general elections. Shebesh has not officially announced her defection as she has repeatedly promised to do in case it happened and continues to serve as ODM nominated member of parliament.

More updates to follow.