Nairobi MCAs Protest in City Streets Demanding Elachi Removal [VIDEO]

  • Nairobi County MCAs pictured outside City Hall on July 26, 2020.
    Nairobi County MCAs pictured outside City Hall on July 26, 2020.
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  • A group of Nairobi MCAs took to the streets of Nairobi's Central Business District (CBD) on Sunday, July 26, before finally congregating outside City Hall where they read out a list of demands.

    Key on their agenda was their demand for the removal of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi, via an impeachement motion.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, the Communications Director at the Nairobi Governor' office, Jacob Elkana, revealed that the motion had been signed by 70 MCAs, a statement which was echoed by South B MCA Waithera Chege in an announcement to the media.

    "The motion has reached more than a third statutory threshold of 41 members and allows the Assembly to process the motion as per the law," Waithera stated while speaking outside City Hall.

     Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi in Nairobi County Assembly in 2018.
    Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi in Nairobi County Assembly in 2018
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    She was flanked by Nominated MCA Mary Njambi of 'Kirimino' fame among others including Utalii Ward MCA Wilson Ochola.

    The South B MCA further requested Inspector General (IG) of Police Hilary Mutyambai to withdraw an extra police station at the County Assembly, citing it as an intimidation tactic.

    Her sentiments were echoed by Ochola who added that Nairobi was being turned into a military county, claiming that there was an ever-growing number of GSU officers stationed within the Assembly.

    He urged the IG to ensure that none of the officers reported to the Assembly on Monday, July 27, going as far as stating that the only way any officer would be let in is if he/she was elected by the county residents.

    Speaker Elachi is no stranger to impeachment motions, as she was succesfully ousted by the county MCAs on September 6, 2018.

    Some 103 MCAs voted to remove her from office, two voted against the motion while two others abstained.

    The MCAs removed her stating that she was causing a  'great embarrassment' to the county assembly.

    The motion was filed by Waithaka MCA Antony Kiragu on Thursday, who also cited gross misconduct as another reason for the move.

    However, on May 7, 2019, the Employment and Labour Relations Court reinstated Elachi as County Assembly of Nairobi Speaker.

    During her ruling, Justice Maureen Onyango cited massive flaws when the MCAs sacked Elachi.

    She dismissed the assembly’s argument that the court had no powers to meddle in legislative process.

    Watch the MCA's press briefing below: