NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 7 – Chaos erupted on Friday morning at City Hall, as workers from the Executive and the Assembly faced off over disputed office spaces.
Teargas canisters were lobbed by the Inspectorate Department, which helped the Executive to reclaim the fourth-floor offices of the North Wing of City Hall, from their counterparts in the Assembly.
Kenya County Government Workers Union, Nairobi Branch Chairperson Bernard Inyangala says the disputed offices belong to the Executive, saying the Assembly misappropriated funds that were meant to acquire their offices.
“We recaptured this area and now it is our building. Our people will enter here and start work by today,” he said after they successfully managed to break down the entrance door to the wing.
He said the floor will be used as an evaluation office which is currently operating in the corridors despite being a crucial office.
The Acting Deputy Clerk of the Assembly Adah Onyango, who says the matter is in court, accused the Executive of contravening an agreement between the two parties on the use of the offices.
“They have not been working in the corridors. They moved to the fourth floor of the City Hall Annexe and some of the things they have been protesting is that they do not have access to their files, but they are just old files covered in dirt which are all over the place,” she asserted.
The County Assembly Minority Leader Abdi Ibrahim has since written to the Speaker urging him to call for a special sitting on Tuesday next week over what he terms as “the invasion” of their offices.
“Pursuant to standing order 26(1), I hereby request your office to call for a special sitting on Tuesday, to discuss the invasion of the Nairobi City County Assembly precincts by the Nairobi County Executive,” reads the letter to the Speaker of the Nairobi City County Assembly.
He emphasised that the County Assembly will not be bullied into moving out of the wing.
Several glass doors and windows were damaged during the confrontation.