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Nairobi MCAs set to hold talks on conduct of under siege Speaker Elachi

Nairobi County Assembly will on Thursday hold a special sitting to discuss the conduct of Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

The special session is said to have been occasioned by the recent arrest and arraignment in court of  Assembly Clerk Jacob Ngwele and senior officials over a conspiracy to defraud over the purchase of books estimated at Sh1 million.

The Assembly is currently on a long recess and was scheduled to resume sittings on September 25, 2018.

Ms  Elachi confirmed to Nairobi News that she is aware of the special sitting.

“Yes we will have a special sitting of MCAs on Thursday. The far I know is that they are saying that the Speaker has been bad, but I do not know the whole story, that is what I have been seeing them writing,” said Ms Elachi on Tuesday.

A source told Nairobi News that both Jubilee and Nasa MCAs held special meetings on Monday and Tuesday respectively and reached consensus to discuss the claims of corruption hanging over the Assembly.

Speaker Elachi and the Clerk have had squabbles over  financial malpractices at the Assembly and award of tenders. MCAs have seemed to pick sides in the fight .

Ms Elachi wrote to the Auditor General and the Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) last month to identify gaps in the Assembly’s procurement system.

 

 

In June, an impeachment motion against the Speaker flopped after the mover of the motion, Waithaka Ward MCA Mr Antony Kiragu Karanja, failed to appear before the House to table the motion.

The motion cited violation of Chapter Six of the Constitution touching on integrity, undermining the authority of county assembly service board and abuse of office as grounds for impeachment.