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Pro-Elachi MCAs teargassed as fresh bid to eject Majority Leader from office flops

A section of Members of County Assembly (MCAs) scampering for safety after those allied to Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi clashed with those plotting to oust her ahead of a session on October 29/FILE – Jemimah Mueni

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 11 – Police lobbed teargas on a section of Members of Nairobi County Assembly allied to Speaker Beatrice Elachi who tried to forcefully eject Majority Leader Abdi Guyo from his office on Monday.

The pro-Elachi MCAs last week provided to the House minutes and resolution of a Parliamentary Group meeting in which they are said to have arrived at a decision to replace the Jubilee Party leadership in the Assembly.

The PG is reported to have elected Dandora 3 MCA Charles Thuo to replace Guyo and Nominated MCA June Ndegwa to replace Chege Waithera as the Chief Whip.

A heavy contingent of anti-riot police presence put a security ring around the Assembly buildings even as the MCAs and staff were ordered to vacate the building.

The Assembly has witness chaotic incidents since Elachi resumed her duties as the substantive Speaker after a 13-month hiatus after being forced out of office following her impeachment last year.

Rival groups of lawmakers in the Nairobi County Assembly clashed on October 29 ahead of a session during which a faction had vowed to impeach Speaker Elachi.

MCAs in support of Elachi interrupted a press briefing called by those in support of Guyo who has since Elachi’s reinstatement by the court vowed to have her impeached again.

A section of Members of County Assembly (MCAs) scampering for safety after those allied to Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi clashed with those plotting to oust her ahead of a session on October 29/FILE – Jemimah Mueni

MCAs backing Elachi in return vowed to eject Guyo from Assembly leadership should their rivals bring an impeachment motion against the Speaker.

Chief Majority Whip Waithera Chege who was leading the group seeking Elachi’s ouster said a notice of impeachment motion had already been forwarded to the Assembly Clerk and the verification of signatures was expected to be concluded in time for the motion to be allotted it in the Assembly’s order paper.

Chege had displayed signatures of 67 members who she said had signed on the impeachment of Elachi, hence attaining the requirement for a censure motion.

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She also said a court order had been obtained barring Elachi from presiding over House business, particularly the impeachment session.

“We will be present at the plenary this afternoon, but we will not allow Elachi to preside over, it’s either the Deputy Speaker or one member of the Speakers’ panel,” said Chege.

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