Speaker Beatrice Elachi Exits After Protracted War With MCAs, Sonko

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Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has left office.

Speaking on Tuesday during a televised press briefing, Elachi cited life threatening incidences in the last couple of weeks prompting her exit.

Filling her shoes only in acting capacity will be her deputy and Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Ruai, John Kamangu, until a new speaker is installed.

“I humbly tender my resignation to President Uhuru Kenyatta. For the last few days there have been life threatening incidences. I appoint my deputy speaker, John Kamangu as acting speaker,” Elachi said.

While thanking the president for allowing her to serve in the aforementioned capacity for the past three years, Elachi urged the assembly to support the Mohamed Badi-led Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in its quest to better the capital.

“That is the critical agenda..the legacy for our President and I believe he would be proud to see us support him. If I ever did wrong, within the duties I was given, I ask for forgiveness,” she added.

Addressing Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, the former nominated senator advised him to refrain from threatening peoples lives and instead focus on God.

“I think I was the biggest stumbling block for the governor but I want to pray for him. Governor, focus on God and stop threatening peoples lives it does not help,” she continued.

Elachi has been warring with Sonko, a section of MCAs allied to him and clerk Jacob Ngwele.

In the recent past, Elachi denied feuding with the embattled governor over the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2020.

In her defense, she said the assembly realigned the budget and allocated some funds to the transferred functions as per the deed of transfer.

On matters concerning clerk Ngwele, Elachi named Pauline Okuku as his replacement until the matter before court is concluded.

Two weeks ago, Elachi suspended sittings until September after MCAs continued to threaten to impeach her for a second time.

It is said that 59 ward representatives had signed the notice of impeachment.

Elachi had been ousted in 2018 only to make a comeback a year later following a court order.

 

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