NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – Laptops and crucial files were reportedly stolen from the Nairobi County Assembly Clerk Jacob Ngwele’s office after burglars broke in Sunday morning.
The incident comes against the backdrop of an unfolding dispute over the Assembly’s leadership which took a dramatic turn this week when ousted Speaker Beatrice Elachi made a surprise comeback on Wednesday after a court ordered her reinstatement.
Elachi’s attempt to chair a plenary session on Wednesday afternoon flopped after the clerk’s office failed to provide the order paper amid confrontations by two rival groups.
The session largely boycotted by anti-Elachi legislators was adjourned indefinitely.
“We have adjourned the house, until the day I will send a communication that this is the day we are coming back to the plenary and we will come back when we have peace in the house so that we will never come back again to such a scenario,” said Elachi after efforts to have the day’s order paper produced hit a dead end.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko later purportedly announced the ouster of Assembly Majority Leader Abdi Guyo who had vowed to resist the reinstatement of Elachi, controversially impeached in September last year.
In the letter, which was also copied to Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju, Sonko said Hamza MCA Mark Ndung’u would take over from Guyo.
Sonko accused the Majority Leader of undermining the county government through intimidation and interference.
Sonko said Guyo was making his effort to implement Jubilee’s manifesto at the county government difficult.
“Consequently, am forwarding to you the name of Mark Ndung’u as the new majority leader designate. Kindly effect appropriately,” said Sonko in the letter dated October 4.
Elachi returned to City Hall after 13 months of uncertainty, after she was given a lifeline by a Nairobi court.
Her return was however marred with drama, chaos and violence which left chairs and tables broken after a faction of Members of County Assembly led by the Majority Leader Hassan Guyo raided her office, clashing with their counterparts who had camped there in solidarity.
Her removal in September last year was equally dramatic, as she was forced to use pepper spray as a weapon against MCAs who’d stormed her office agitating for her exit.