Process to replace Elechi begins as Nairobi County advertises Assembly Speaker’s position

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BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,12TH AUG 2020-The Nairobi County Assembly has advertised the vacant speaker position, a day after Beatrice Elachi resigned in a televised statement.

The Kenya constitution requires that the speaker be elected among persons who are not members of the County Assembly.

Therefore, members of the public who meet the qualifications; must be registered voters of proper morals and ethics and who have a post-secondary school qualification recognized in Kenya, are invited to apply.

Applicants will be required to fill in and sign nomination forms and attach a copy of their resumes.

The applications will then have to be hand-delivered to the office of the clerk of the County Assembly.

The notice on the dailies also warned those that have; been State Officers or other public officers, been members of the IEBC in the last 5 years, have not been Kenyan citizens for more than 10 years that they need not apply.

People who are undischarged from bankruptcy, those of unsound mind, those serving a sentence of more than 6 months and those who have been found guilty of abuse of public office have also been discouraged from applying.

The seat vacant on Tuesday after Speaker Beatrice Elachi resigned in a televised statement, citing threats on her lifeas a key reason for her exit.

Her deputy John Kamangu- the sitting Ruai MCA- took over the reins in acting capacity.

Kamangu and Elachi had previously faced opposition in the Assembly and have been accused of among other things; corruption, illegal appointments, victimization of MCAs and assembly staff, and militarization of the assembly.

Elachi had earlier in the month suspended plenary sittings at the assembl to September a day after she was notifed of her impending impeachment.

South B MCA Waithera Chege who had moved the impeachment motion said the impeachment would go on as Elachi had previously been suspended.

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