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Speaker Elachi Suspended As Impeachment Motion Builds Up

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Reinstated Nairobi County Assembly clerk Jacob Ng’wele on Tuesday July 28 called for the suspension of Speaker Beatrice Elachi awaiting tabling and debate of an impeachment motion against her.

In a notice of suspension issued by the assembly clerk, Ngwele added that he had received a Notice of Motion, dated July 27, 2020 and sponsored by MCA Waithera Chege, seeking to impech Elachi over counts of gross misconduct, incompetence and violation of the Constitution among others.

“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 the letter.

Speaker Beatrice Elachi addressing the media. Source: The Standard

This comes moments after the High Court scrapped the appointment of Edward Gichana as the new Clerk, who was sworn in on Friday July 24 by Speaker Elachi.

“…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,” added Ngwele.

Elachi is set to appear before the County Assembly Plenary on Tuesday, August 4 to respond to the Notice of Impeachment.

On Tuesday July 28, City Hall and its environs turned into a battleground after a section of Nairobi MCAs attempted to hand Elachi an impeachment notice on a plate.

So great was the scuffle that the General Service Unit (GSU) was deployed onto the scene to restore order just as the MCAs traded blows.

Nairobi MCAs exchanging blows in City Hall on Tuesday July 28. Source: Twitter

Meanwhile Kenya Police were caught on camera assaulting Mlango Kubwa MCA Patriciah Mutheu outside City Hall on the same day.

Kenya Police assaulting Mlango Kubwa MCA Patriciah Mutheu. Source: Twitter

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