, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – A stand-off between the Nairobi County Government and the County Assembly over office space almost turned ugly, after a Sergeant-At Arms drew a pistol to scare away officials of the Executive who tried to break into the Northern Wing of City Hall.
Both the County Assembly and the Executive are laying claim to that section of the building, which has since been sealed off using bricks.
The County Assembly Speaker Alex ole Magelo says the section has since been gazetted as theirs saying the Executive should move to court if they feel inconvenienced.
Magelo complained that some committee meetings are being held in lodgings due to lack of office space while cautioning that the County Assembly will not be bullied into moving out of the wing.
“Will members of County Assembly be sitting in lodgings?” he asked. “We had agreed on the movement time table only for the Executive to turn around.”
He said the ‘strangers’ who are within the building must move out.
This was the second time the two arms are engaging in a face off.
He explained that the County Assembly had given in to many demands by the County Executive but they would not budge on this issue.
“We are trying to squeeze ourselves in a corner and there is a man sits down there and thinks he can bulldoze and bully us. That is unacceptable and we are not going to condone it,” he said. “It is an unfortunate incident where Kidero wakes up from the blues and decides that he wants to do what he wants to do!”
The County Executive had obtained a court order that barred the County Assembly from denying them access to the building’s wing but when County Secretary Robert Ayisi was sought for comment, he declined.
“It is hereby ordered that the grant of leave to operate as a stay to stop the respondents and any of their members, staff or associates from interfering with the Nairobi City County Executive staff from accessing and performing their duties within the part of City Hall building known as the Northern Wing and occupied by the Rating and Audit Departments pending hearing and determination of the motion or further orders from this court,” the orders stated.