Standoff as embattled Speaker Elachi returns to office

Standoff as embattled Speaker Elachi returns to office

Embattled Speaker Beatrice Elachi made a forceful comeback to her of Nairobi County Assembly office on Wednesday.

Reports indicate that Elachi was escorted to the office by an estimated 20 ODM ward representatives at 7am.

“The leadership has manipulated the county assembly, the governor, it’s abuse against women….Leo sitoki ata Kama ni wiki tutaona mwenye atatoka hapa,” she said.

Anti-riot police were spotted arriving outside City Hall moments after she stepped in.

Elachi has been out of office for over a year.

On Wednesday, she blamed Nairobi County Assembly Majority Leader Abdi Guyo for her woes and vowed to fight her ouster.

She warned that she would move “all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary.”

The Speaker further argued that if indeed a special sitting was convened to discuss her impeachment, then it was unfair that she was not accorded a chance to defend herself as required by law.

A defiant Elachi further announced that MCAs will no longer be allowed to travel without the signature of the Speaker.

According to her, each member must sit in three committees as per the law and one sessional committee.

Elachi’s return follows her impeachment on September 6 last year after 103 members of the county assembly voted against her.

Majority Chief Whip Chege Mwaura was then elected as the acting Speaker.

The MCAs were however dealt a blow in September after the High Court reinstated her.

Sources close to Citizen Digital however reveal that plans by a section of count assembly members are underway to forcefully eject her once again.

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