Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi was forced to resign by the State House, it has emerged.
On Tuesday, Ms Elachi tendered her resignation “to the President” citing frustrations and threats to her life as the major reasons.
“It has been tough and I can’t hold any longer. I therefore tender my resignation and thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for giving me this opportunity to serve under his Jubilee administration,” she said.
However, behind the scenes, the outspoken former nominated senator was a frustrated soul, having been ordered to step down after President Uhuru Kenyatta met 41 Nairobi Jubilee MCAs and governor Mike Sonko, who ‘fixed’ her.
Media reports indicate that during the meeting, President Uhuru Kenyatta sought to know the root cause of chaos at the County Assembly, and all fingers pointed at Elachi.
After elaborate consultations with the MCAs, the President promised to ‘fix’ the problem in two weeks, and true to his word, Elachi resigned close to two weeks after the meeting happened on July 31.
The MCAs wanted the county to be dissolved, something that the President was against hence ordering for the resignation of Ms Elachi.
However, the MCAs and governor Sonko were not spared either. The President is reported to have warned Sonko to desist from fighting the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) leadership, or else be the next on the chopping board.
Immediately after Elachi’s resignation, the Jubilee Party summoned eight Members of the Nairobi County Assembly for contravening the party constitution.
Ruai MCA John Kamangu who was on Tuesday named the assembly speaker in an acting capacity, was top on the list.
Others include Millicent Mugambi (Ziwani), Jeremiah Karani (Kayole Central Ward), Charles Thuo (Dandora Three MCA), nominated MCAs June Ndegwa, Joyce Kamau, Susan Makungu and Margaret Mbote.
National Chairman of the Jubilee Party Nelson Dzuya did not indicate the major reasons the MCAs were summoned, only indicating that charges that will be leveled against the MCAs will be arrived at after the summons.
“You have been accused of Acting contrary to the pledge you made and signed for in 2017, the committee shall grant you audience on this date to hear your side of the story,” the letter read in part.