Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi gets impeached

Photo Courtesy:Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi who was on Thursday impeached.

Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi has been impeached after majority of Nairobi County Assembly Members voted overwhelming in support of the motion.

Following a motion that was tabled by Waithaka MCA Anthony Karanja 103 MCAs in support voted to remove her from office, as 2 MCAs  voted against it  and while 2 others abstained.

The MCAs impeached her on grounds of abuse of office and gross misconduct.Elachi was accused  of interfering with procurement process, undermining the authority of the County Assembly Service Board and failing on leadership.

“The conduct of the Hon. Beatrice Elachi through her actions and omissions, has caused the Assembly great embarrassment and brought the Office of the Speaker into disrepute contrary to the gamut laws on conduct of state officers of her caliber. This Assembly therefore resolved to sanction and remove Hon. Beatrice Elachi as holder of the Office of the Speaker,” said Karanja

The county speaker  Elachi was accused  of  spending  Ksh  Sh550,000 to travel to Dubai to be awarded an honorary degree by the London Graduate School.

“She procured payment by intimidation, improperly and unprocedurally to have the public fund her deceptive personal travels, evidence of which is readily available online,”

The MCAs amended the House procedures in the removal of a speaker stating that the county senator  will now not be required to appear before an Ad-hoc committee to defend herself as lawfully required saying it will take time.

Elachi has claimed that the  MCAs were pressured to sign a petition for her impeachment.