80 MCAs vow to back motion seeking to remove Elachi from office
Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi could find herself in trouble once again after 80 Members of County Assembly (MCAs) yesterday vowed to introduce a motion to remove her from office.
In a move that is likely to escalate wrangles surrounding the Assembly, the MCAs accused Elachi of nepotism, impunity, disregard of the rule of law and corruption.
The MCAs further claim the Speaker has made it difficult for them to access the Assembly precincts.
“As Assembly members pursuant to all the Standing Orders, we have resolved to commence an impeachment motion against Elachi.
We will serve the Clerk with our motion tomorrow,” said Nairobi South MCA Wanjiru Chege.
On his part Maringo MCA, Mark Ndungu who is also the vice- chair Assembly Board also accused Elachi of favoring MCAs allied to her by ensuring they have been appointed to powerful committees.
Ndungu said that the 80 MCAs who have signed her impeachment motion will be tabling it on Tuesday as they will also serve her with a notice to respond.
Waithaka MCA Antony Kiragu said that despite the court deciding to reinstate Elachi, they will still impeach her.
“Last year September the house impeached her with 103 votes and we will take her down again,” he said.
Nominated MCA Mary Njambi also accused her of always dragging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s name anytime they try to raise issues concerning her leadership style.
“We don’t have freedom to express our views independently. Anytime we want something amended she says that the President has called her and the situation should remain as it is.
We have a lot of problems but which she has covered using President Uhuru’s name,’ she said.
But a rival faction affiliated to Elachi have dismissed the impeachment move saying Governor Mike Sonko sponsored it.
Speaking to People Daily, Minority Whip Peter Imwatok, a key ally of Elachi laughed off the impeachment motion saying Sonko was trying to introduce games after realising that Nairobi Metropolitan Service NMS was managing the city well.
This is the second time as Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi was first impeached in 2018.