NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – The Nairobi County Assembly on Tuesday elected Ngara MCA Chege Mwaura as acting Speaker following the ouster of Beatrice Elachi.
Deputy Speaker John Kamangu tabled the motion to elect an acting Speaker through a supplementary order paper.
“In the absence of a Speaker due to the issues affecting her creates a vacuum which the House cannot afford and since the County Government and the Constitution allow for members to elect an Acting Speaker in the absence of one, I direct this House does so,” the motion stated.
Mwaura, who is also the Majority Chief Whip was elected unanimously after the two proposed MCAs Mary Njambi and Mary Arivisa declined the post.
The defiant MCAs disregarded a court order that reinstated Elachi pending the determination of the case, arguing that she stands impeached.
The session was however temporarily disrupted after Mary Ariviza stormed in the chambers shouting “Who asked you to play with my name….I support Elachi….Don’t play with my name,”
The House returned to normalcy after Sergeant at Arms managed to take her out.
Ariviza will be required to appear before Powers and Privileges Committee to explain her conduct.
Mwaura assumed the Speakers seat after being sworn in and took over the operations immediately with a promise to steer the Assembly forward.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for electing me to this position I will operate an open door policy the minority will have their say and the majority will have their say,” said Mwaura.
The embattled Speaker Beatrice Elachi was impeached on September 6 over allegations of graft and gross misconduct.