“All thanks to God” Sonko says after Elachi quits


BY:Julius Gacheru

Front-Nairobi County Governor Hon. Mike Sonko, back left Imara daima Mca Hon. Kennedy Obuya during a burial ceremony in Ruai.
[photo by:Brian Joseck]

Sonko appeared to be having a joyful Tuesday after Beatrice Elachi announced her resignation as speaker of Nairobi County Assembly.

The governor took his joy to social media and posted two praise and worship songs just minutes after Elachi’s resignation was made public.

One of the videos had the message “God has listened to our prayers. There is a God in heaven who listens to our cries and answers them.”

While announcing her resignation on Tuesday morning August 11th, Ms Elachi cited threats to her life and that of her family, power tussles, frustrations and interference from Sonko.

“Governor Sonko, you cannot go on threatening people’s lives and their families. You also have a family. You cannot have everything, just nurture what God has given you,” Elachi said in a statement.

Sonko dismissed this claims with no answer or comment over the issue but he cited that his political enemies were fighting him from every corner so as to wipe him out of leadership completely.

Governor Mike sonko

Despite owing their allegiance to the same political party, Sonko and Elachi have been at loggerheads for the better part of the past three years since their election.

Elachi’s surprise resignation comes after months of tug of war at City Hall that has seen ward representatives coalesce into warring factions among them and even the police as they enforce law and order.

To avoid a leadership vacuum, Elachi appointed Ruai MCA John Kamangu to take over as the acting speaker.

Addressing the media Imara daima MCA Hon Kennedy Obuya opposed former speakers action to appoint an acting speaker alleging she has no power because she has already resigned.

” the Speaker has no power to appoint an acting speaker, once she leaves office, the deputy speaker takes over automatically’’ Obuya said.

An impeachment motion was logged against her where she was accused of abuse of office, illegal appointment of a new assembly clerk, corruption, poor leadership, victimisation of MCAs and assembly staff, impunity, disregard of the law and county orders, and militarisation of the assembly.