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City MCAs vow to reject Elachi in disregard of court order

Employment and Labour Relations Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of Elachi, reinstating her as the Assembly Speaker following a case she filed against the County Assembly after her impeachment/file

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 8-A standoff is looming at City Hall after Nairobi MCAs have maintained that they will not allow Beatrice Elachi to be their Speaker, despite a Court ruling overturning her ouster.

Employment and Labour Relations Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of Elachi, reinstating her as the Assembly Speaker following a case she filed against the County Assembly after her impeachment.

Led by Assembly’s Majority Leader Abdi Guyo, the city legislators reiterated that they still consider Elachi a stranger as they lost faith in her and are not willing to work with her.

“As much as we respect the court ruling, Elachi cannot be our Speaker,” said Guyo.

While making her ruling, Justice Maureen Onyango cited massive flaws when the MCAs impeached Elachi, saying that the County should not over step their mandate to meddle with legislative process of Parliaments.

Minority Whip Peter Imwatok asked Elachi to find another job elsewhere as they wouldn’t accept her back.

“If members from both the minority and majority voted against her apart from only two who voted for her then that’s definitely a vote of no confidence. It’s not possible to lead people who don’t want you,” he said.

Minority leader Elias Otieno said a court ruling cannot overturn a procedure of the Assembly.

The Assembly already has an acting Speaker who has been in place since last year, after the dramatic ouster where Elachi was forcefully ejected from office.

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She was removed on grounds of abuse of office, conflict of interest, undermining the authority of the County Public Service Board and failure to show leadership.

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