Elachi’s joy cut short as MCAs vow to appeal ruling
SEE ALSO :Sonko’s Sh96m budget exposedSources intimated to The Standard that there was a planned special sitting aimed at passing a vote of no confidence against Elachi, who is currently out of the country. Guyo, however, said he was not aware of such a sitting. Sought for comment, Elachi stated that she was out of the country and would address the matter when she returns. The latest development comes just days after Elachi extended an olive branch to the city MCAs, urging them to start over on a clean slate and serve Nairobi residents better. A source close to her, but who sought anonymity, told The Standard the embattled Speaker had been reaching out to political leaders such as Opposition leader Raila Odinga to try convincing the MCAs to allow her back. “Last week, Raila called Governor Mike Sonko and prevailed upon him to urge Jubilee MCAs to allow Elachi back, even if for a short while, but it seems they have already made up their mind. They will not work with Elachi," the source said.
SEE ALSO :City Hall on the spot over title deedsElachi was impeached last September over alleged abuse of office. A Motion tabled by Waithaka MCA Anthony Kiragu listed various violations of the law such as conflict of interest, undermining the authority of the County Assembly Service Board, abuse of office, gross misconduct as well as failure to show leadership. But last week, the court ruled in favour of Elachi, quashing her ouster. Justice Maureen Onyango cited massive flaws and dismissed the assembly’s argument that the court had no powers to meddle in legislative processes of parliaments. She also blocked the MCAs from impeaching Elachi in future. The County Assembly Public Service Board was also ordered not to interfere with her terms of employment. Elachi will consequently receive her backdated salaries that had been stopped and enjoy all privileges associated with the Speaker’s office.