Beatrice Elachi’s path to resignation

Written By: Christine Muchira

Beatrice Elachi has resigned as the Speaker of Nairobi County Assembly and appointed her deputy John Kamangu pending search for new office holder.

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Her tenure has been dogged by chaos with the latest incident being last month where chaos erupted at the County Assembly after a section of MCAs attempted to serve Speaker Beatrice Elachi with an impeachment notice, leaving.

This was the second time she was facing impeachment.

The MCAs accused Speaker Elachi of abuse of office and exercising divisive leadership.

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They also wanted to serve Elachi with a court order suspending the appointment of Edward Gichana as the clerk of the Assembly.

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Over 80 MCAs had signed the impeachment notice accusing speaker Elachi of among others abuse of office and divisive leadership.

Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheu was left nursing injuries following the chaos after being clobbered by police.

Viral photos showed four police officers flogging the MCA.

Just hours after the altercation, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i ordered immediate disarmament of staff at the Nairobi County Assembly.

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He disclosed that so far 14 firearms have been confiscated by the government.

Earlier on September 16, 2018, Elachi was impeached by some 103 MCAs who accused her of alleged high handedness in a motion filed by Waithaka MCA Antony Kiragu.

However, in May 2019 the Employment and Labour Relations Court, reinstated Elachi citing massive flaws in ousting her and directed her immediate return to the office.

The court further prohibited the MCAs from debating any motion to remove Ms Elachi without according her due process.

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Despite the reinstatement by the court, the ward reps maintained that they would treat the besieged Speaker as a stranger, vowing not to allow her back into the Assembly.

Beatrice Elachi was elected to office as the Speaker of Nairobi County Assembly in 2017 after garnering 90 votes while closest challenger Ali Abdi a distant second with 27 votes.

Nominated MCA Mary Njambi at City Hall in 2018

 

More to follow……

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