Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has resigned ending a reign characterized by power struggles. Elachi announced her resignation on Tuesday morning, handing over to her deputy John Kamangu who is also the Ruai member of county assembly.
In her resignation, Elachi thanked president Kenyatta for according her the opportunity to serve at the assembly for the past three years. “It gives me great pleasure to have served as the speaker of Nairobi county assembly from September 2017when we finished elections to date” Elachi said.
The former nominated senator would however cite frustrations and what she termed as intimidation in the course of her duty. “For the last few days, we have seen lots of conflict and even life-threatening incidences” she lamented.
Elachi three-year tenure at the assembly has not lacked controversies having endured a strained relationship with members of the county assembly following a protracted fall out with governor Mike Sonko. The outgoing speaker was impeached by the assembly in 2018 barely one year after she assumed office.
Before her resignation, she was embroiled in a tug of war with members of the county assembly who were plotting to impeach her yet again. Her opponents were accusing her of abuse of office, illegal appointment of a new assembly clerk, corruption, poor leadership, victimization of MCAs and assembly staff, impunity, disregard of the law and county orders, and militarization of the assembly.
The latest attempt triggered a standoff at the county assembly as members of Nairobi county assembly attempted to serve her with notice of her impeachment. Drama unfolded after Elachi locked herself in her office with police barring MCAs from accessing her in an episode that saw police engage the enraged members in running battles. Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheo was injured during the fracas.