Senate to introduce law to protect county speakers from impeachment

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Nairobi's Beatrice Elachi was impeached in September
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Senate devolution committee plans to introduce legislation to safeguard county speakers from impeachment by members of county assemblies.

The senators want the senate to have a say in the removal of a county speaker. Further, they suggest that county speakers should only be impeached if 75 percent of MCAs gives consent.

Currently an impeachment motion sails through if supported by two thirds of the MCAs.

This comes at a time various counties have embarked on a mission to impeach speakers.

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Earlier this month, Nyandarua MCAs voted to impeach Speaker Ndegwa Wahome.

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The 20 MCAs locked out their colleagues allegedly supporting Wahome from the chambers, some minutes before the House resumed after it was adjourned two weeks ago.

Elizabeth Ayoo of Home Bay is now the second County Assembly Speaker to be impeached this month alone. Homa Bay MCAs impeached Ayoo, saying her integrity had become questionable.

47 MCAs voted in favour of the motion that was moved by Ruma Kaksingri MCA Eliphalet Osuri. Nairobi’s Beatrice Elachi was impeached in September.

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Meanwhile, Machakos governor Alfred Mutua is reading malice in a move by members of the county assembly to impeach the Deputy Governor Francis Maliti.

Mutua claims the impeachment could be linked to a petition challenging his election currently before the Supreme Court.

33 MCAs voted to impeach Maliti in a sitting that was boycotted by 26 MCAs

Mutua claims the purported impeachment of Maliti could be have been instigated by outside forces who want to create a vacuum thinking that they would gain from a petition challenging his win pending at the Supreme court to force a by election.

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On Wednesday 33 MCAs affiliated to Wiper Party adopted a motion to send Maliti packing accusing him of incompetence and failing to produce crucial documents regarding management of public finances as requested by the assembly. But 26 MCAs in Mutua’s camp have termed the process illegal and null.

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