Saved by the DP, Elachi lives to control assembly again

Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi addresses the media in her office after the nomination of lawyer Miguna Miguna to the Deputy Governor post, May 17, 2018. /EZEKIEL AMING'A
Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi addresses the media in her office after the nomination of lawyer Miguna Miguna to the Deputy Governor post, May 17, 2018. /EZEKIEL AMING'A

Nairobi speaker Beatrice Elachi has survived removal after Deputy President William Ruto intervened.

Waithaka MCA Anthony Karanja drafted a motion he was set to table before the assembly for debate. It had to be signed by 43 ward representatives.

Karanja cited violation of the Constitution, undermining the authority of the County Assembly Service Board and abuse of office as grounds for his motion to impeach Elachi.

Jubilee leaders read the riot act to its members if they dared impeach the speaker and send home clerk Jacob Ngwele. A meeting was held in the speaker’s office yesterday after the DP read the riot act to Majority leader Abdi Guyo.

A source privy to the meeting said Ruto told the members Jubilee has too many wars to fight to be distracted by the assembly feuds. “The DP said the members should stop tarnishing the party’s name,”he said.

The Deputy President said a team has been selected to meet Elachi and Ngwele for arbitration.

Karanja said he followed the right procedure and should not be gagged. “It’s unbelievable that Guyo,the speaker and other members are urging me to drop the motion,” he said.

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