28th July 2020

Uncertainty as embattled Nairobi county clerk suspends Speaker Elachi

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Nairobi County Assembly’s reinstated clerk Jacob Ngwele has issued a notice suspending Speaker Beatrice Elachi from presiding over affairs of the assembly until her censure motion is dispensed by the MCAs.

Drama has continued to unfold in the Assembly, with Ngwele issuing the notice to the Speaker moments after the High Court on Tuesday suspended the appointment of Edward Gichana, who was sworn-in by Elachi on Friday, as the new Nairobi County Assembly clerk.

“This Office, in compliance with the provisions of the said Section 11 of the Act and the Standing Orders, has undertaken a verification exercise for compliance of the Notice of Motion to the law and the Standing Orders of the Nairobi City County Assembly. I am satisfied that the Motion has met the required minimums for tabling under the Act,” reads a letter to the Speaker by Ngwele.

He says he has received a Notice of Motion, dated July 27, 2020 and sponsored by MCA Waithera Chege, seeking Elachi’s removal on various grounds, including gross misconduct, incompetence and violation of the Constitution.

Ngwele noted the motion had met required threshold, hence the Speaker stands suspended from service.

“…the Notice of Motion having garnered the requisite one third of signatures of all Members of the County Assembly, you are hereby suspended from the service of the County Assembly until the House dispenses with the Motion within the Statutory timelines provided for above.”

The clerk further notified Elachi that she is invited to appear before the County Assembly Plenary on Tuesday, August 4th to respond to the notice of impeachment.

On Tuesday, there was a standoff at the Nairobi Assembly as MCAs attempted to serve Speaker Elachi with notice of impeachment. She locked herself in her office.

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