Nairobi Speaker Revokes Azimio Assembly Leadership 1st Day in Office

  • Inside the Nairobi County Assembly chambers.
    Inside the Nairobi County Assembly chambers.
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  • Newly elected Nairobi County Assembly speaker Kennedy Ng'ondi has revoked the nomination of Peter Imwatok as the leader of the majority of the Nairobi County Assembly.

    Also rescinded was the nomination of  Hon. John Ndile Musila, MCA - Deputy Leader of the Majority, Hon. Moses Ogeto - Majority Whip, Hon. Stazo Omungala, MCA - Deputy Majority Whip and Hon. Catherine Akoth - Member of the Board.

    In a statement dated, Friday, September 30, he stated that the communication of the Azimio la Umoja leadership lineup was unprocedural citing the Standing Orders of the county assembly.

    Further, he directed the coalition party to formally, resubmit the names of the house leadership in accordance with the rules of the county assembly.

    Nairobi County Assembly speaker Kennedy Ng'ondi in the county chambers on September 29, 2022.
    Nairobi County Assembly speaker Kennedy Ng'ondi in the county chambers on September 29, 2022.
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    "From the foregoing, it is evident that the communication so relayed by the chair on Thursday, September 29, had no basis in law nor the Standing Orders for the following reasons -

    "The Chair was not properly in office and hence incapable of receiving any communication nor providing the authority for the Clerk to act on it. The Communication did not originate from the nominating party Under Section 10 of the County Governments Act, 2012 and the Standing Orders," read the statement in part.

    In a detailed explanation, he stated that he relayed incorrect communication as the nomination and approval procedure was done unconstitutionally. 

    The chair of the House Business Committee, which aids the Speaker in approval of businesses to be transacted, had not assumed office when the said communication was said to have been received from the Azimio coalition and prepared for relaying to the House.

    "As such, the chair did not approve the said communication nor authorize the clerk to prepare the same. In fact, the chair only came about the purported communication for the first time on the floor of the House. This is contrary to all laid down practices and procedures regarding the authority of the chair to determine and approve the business of the House. 

    "The chair has since learnt that his office is indeed not in receipt of any such letter and the communication, therefore, has no backing. The Office of the Clerk which prepared the communication did not attach the said official communication from the party upon further scrutiny by the speaker," he clarified. 

    Further, he directed investigations to be conducted over the matter terming the incident as an embarrassment.

    Ng'ondi was elected speaker on Thursday, September 29 sponsored by the Raila Odinga-led faction. 

    Jubilee SG Jeremiah Kioni, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka during Azimio PG on September 16, 2022.
    Jubilee SG Jeremiah Kioni, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka during Azimio PG on September 16, 2022.
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