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Nairobi MCAs vow to impeach Speaker Elachi

More than fifty MCAs have started another process to impeach assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

A minimum of 42 signatures is required for a notice of impeachment to be tabled on the floor of the house and already up to 51 of the 107 have signed to send Elachi home.

She is accused of abusing her office, dividing the leadership and disrespecting other office holders at the City Hall.

“Instead of leading the assembly and providing much-needed leadership, Elachi  has led the assembly in the most divisive, vengeful and corrupt path in the history of the assembly,” Deputy Majority Whip Waithera Chege said du on Sunday afternoon.

Utalii Ward MCA Wilson Ochola accused Elachi of disrespecting them and running the assembly as her personal property while Hamza MCA Mark Ndung’u also blamed the current divisions between the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and the county government under Governor Mike Sonko on the Speaker Elachi.

Ndung’u also accused Elachi of hiding behind the names of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga whenever she wants to ram unpopular decisions.

“We are telling the President that his name is being misused here by Elachi for her selfish interests and we are getting tired of it,” Ndung’u said.

The impeachment effort is the latest episode among many wrangles that have halted service delivery in Nairobi County. The first attempt to kick out Elachi was in 2018 but she managed to make a come back through a court order.

This latest one comes two days after the speaker swore in Edward Gichana to take up the position of clerk of the assembly. The suspended clerk James Ngwele had also returned to assume his role.

Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC)  and the Central Bank of Kenya advised the assembly to reinstate Ngwele Elachi dismissed such attempts as illegal.

Gichana was approved as the new clerk of the assembly via a virtual meeting which MCAs opposed to Elachi claim was only attended by her supporters.

 


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