Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi under siege over abuse of office

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,18TH JUNE 2018-Nairobi county speaker Beatrice Elachi is under siege after  members accused her of abuse of office.

Waithaka ward representative Antony Kiragu  plans  to present a motion for the impeachment of Speaker Beatrice Elachi over abuse of office and gross misconduct.

The vocal MCA has also raised concerns about conflict of interest and undermining the authority of the County Assembly Service Board.

In his notice of motion to the Speaker, Kiragu says that Elachi’s actions have caused the assembly “great embarrassment and brought the Office of the Speaker into disrepute, contrary to the gamut of laws on conduct of state officers of her caliber”.

He says the assembly has resolved to remove Elachi from office and is seeking at least 108 signatures for the motion that will be tabled on Tuesday.

Trouble at City Hall started last week after Elachi invited the Director of Criminal Investigations to probe multiple cases of alleged financial malpractice.

The Speaker told the DCI that she had discovered many cases of financial malpractice, including illegal procurement that was done by the Office of the Clerk.

Clerk Jacob Ngwele, however, alleges that Elachi has a personal interest in the Sh150 million tender for the acquisition of the Speaker’s residence.

Elachi denied this, said she had nothing to hide and challenged Ngwele to establish investigations into the claims.

 

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