Trouble at the Nairobi County has escalated after 80 Nairobi MCA’s signed a petition to impeach speaker Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi on Sunday.
The County Assembly of Nairobi is now preparing for a mother of supremacy battles as the embattled Speaker prepares to put up another defense against this new onslaught.
The county legislators cite abuse of office, victimization of MCA’s and staff at the Assembly, impunity and disregard for the law and County Orders and the illegal appointment of a new clerk as the grounds upon which they want to remove the Speaker.
The MCA’s also accuse Speaker Elachi of high-handedness and “militarizing the Nairobi County Assembly. They also say Speaker Beatrice Elachi has been disobeying Court Orders.
“Elachi is running this assembly like a personal property forgetting that we are elected and we have the mandate of the people, said Utalii Ward MCA Wilson Ochola.
The 80 MCA’s accuse Speaker Beatrice Elachi of fanning constant disagreement between the Badi –led Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) outfit and the County Government of Nairobi headed by Governor Mike Sonko.
The Development comes at a time Supremacy battles between Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and the Nairobi Metropolitan Service Director General Mohammed Badi are raging hard, threatening to derail operations in Nairobi County and at the Nairobi City County Assembly.
Hamza Ward MCA Mark Ndung’u accused Elachi of misusing the name of President Uhuru and former PM Raila Odinga to intimidate MCA’s and staff: “We are telling the President that his name is being misused here at the assembly for selfish gains and this has to stop.”
Leaders at the assembly have openly taken sides and the MCAs are increasingly getting divided everyday over who should call the shots in the city.
In February, Sonko signed the Deed of Transfer of Functions with the national government, leading to the birth of the NMS that has taken charge of four key functions.
Speaker Beatrice Elachi who was dramatically returned to the assembly following her impeachment back in 2018 has found herself at the center of the political duel.
Elachi was returned to the assembly by youths and MCAs allied to Governor Sonko but the two have since fallen out, following the entry of NMS into the fray.She argues that the hard stance she has taken is in the interest of Nairobi and to a larger extent,helps protect President Uhuru’s big four agenda.
She is accusing MCAs allied to Sonko for sabotaging the NMS but Sonko through his spokeperson Ben Mulwa, says that the speaker has been running the assembly like personal property, accusing her of misleading the NMS boss.
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