Elachi to know her fate today

By Victor Nabiswa

Embattled Nairobi county assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi will today know the outcome of a petition she filed stopping her ouster by members of the assembly.

The case is set to be heard by the Employment and Labour Relations Court where she challenged her removal from office and the court temporarily reinstated her as speaker.

“Pending the hearing and determination of this Motion, a Conservatory Order do issue prohibiting the respondents, their members or any person acting under their behest and direction, from interfering with the execution of the Petitioner of her duties current as the Nairobi City County Assembly Speaker.” read the orders issued by the court .

The conservatory order came after a bold move by Nairob mcas voted to remove her from the speaker position.

In a motion sponsored by Waithaka MCA Antony Kiragu on Thursday, the members accused Elachi of gross misconduct and abuse of office.

But the speaker said it is wrong to remove someone who is rightfully in office.

“I cannot force myself on Nairobians, but also if I have done wrong, the County Government Act is clear on how to remove me,” she said during an interview with NTV.

She accuses the county representatives of attempting to remove her from the office using the backdoor whereby they amended the standing order to hasten the process of impeaching her.

On Monday irate MCAs stormed Elachi’s county hall office in a bid to eject the speaker blaming her of imposing herself even after they passed a motion of no confidence against her last week.

The angered representatives made their way into the office where Elachi was holding an interview with a local station shouting “Elachi Must Go!”

The commotion by the MCAs almost resulted to blows as Elachi had stood her ground though some of her workers panicked and watched in fear.

One female representative claimed that she was peppered spray while trying to gain entry to the office as police stepped in to control the situation.