Nairobi MCAs storm city hall;call for removal of Speaker Elachi

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Nairobi MCAs stormed city hall to eject speaker Beatrice Elachi
Nairobi MCAs stormed city hall to eject speaker Beatrice Elachi

Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi is still caught in the eye storm as MCAs stormed the Nairobi city hall calling for her to be ejected from office after her impeachment last week. 103 MCAs had voted to remove her from office, 2 voted against while 2 opted not to vote as accusations were levelled against her in a motion tabled by Waithaka MCA Anthony Kiragu, including gross misconduct, abuse of office. However, she received a temporary reprieve after being granted a court order that reinstated her, prohibiting her removal or replacement, pending the hearing of the case on September 11th.

On Monday, the MCAs ignored the existence of any court order and stormed her office, after she had reported to work as usual, amidst tight security. Chaos ensued as they started chanting “Elachi must go” while outside her office, with one MCA noting Elachi had used pepper spray to try and disperse them. Order was restored after Nairobi County majority leader addressed the leaders present and advised Elachi to vacate the office, as they wait for the court’s final decision concerning the issue. “We don’t want this fracas, it’s not right, we respect you…members, let the speaker leave in a respectable way, and let’s stop all the bickering and wait for the court’s decision,” he said.