• Shebesh told Churchill that since it was all over in the public, she was not able to deal with the cyberbullying and the embarrassment.
Former Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh says depression took a toll on her politically.
Speaking on Churchill show's 'Journey Series', the Gender CAS said she was depressed for a whole year while serving as the women representative.
"I disappeared for a year and people were asking where I had gone to and even when I came back, most people thought I was coming to ask for votes," she said adding that she could not explain that she had been unwell for so many months.
"It affected my family, broke a lot of my relationship. It cost me my political visibility and also took a toll on my health."
Asked if it was the same time she had a problem with former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Shebesh said that was a big trigger.
"When you have bipolar, you can get triggers from anything. I was triggered by so many things and at that time, I had not learnt how to deal with my triggers."
In September 2013, the two engaged in a heated verbal exchange outside Kidero's office. Shebesh had confronted Kidero over county employees’ strike, which had paralysed operations, over unpaid salaries.
The argument ended up with Kidero slapping the woman representative.
Shebesh told Churchill that since it was all over in the public, she was not able to deal with the cyberbullying and the embarrassment.
"It was a lot of pressure. It was the most difficult depression I have ever gone through," she said adding that she settled with him and closed that chapter.
"We are at peace. To me, it is just an incident that happened in my life and I have moved on with it."
In a Radio Jambo interview last month with Massawe Japanni, Shebesh said that she was paid close to Ksh30 million by the former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero adding that the payment was an out of court settlement.
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