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Nyandarua assembly adjourned indefinitely over leadership row

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By James Munyeki | September 28th 2018

A leadership row at the county assembly has prompted it to adjourn indefinitely.

Speaker Ndegwa Wahome postponed sittings on Wednesday afternoon, one day after the assembly resumed from recess.

The action was taken when MCAs from two rival groups, each of which is trying to control the house, nearly came to blows over a new team to head the assembly's business.

About three weeks ago, 22 Jubilee MCAs met in a Nakuru hotel and announced that they had thrown out the majority leader, Kamau Gathungu, and his deputy, Ken Mukira. The majority chief whip, Hussein Kassana, was also purportedly kicked out.

Mr Gathungu was replaced by North Kinangop MCA Edinald King’ori while Mr Mukira was replaced by Kiriita MCA Justus Gaita. Mr Kassana was replaced by his deputy, Wangari Methu, while Nominated MCA Geoffrey Ngaruiya was elected deputy chief whip.

The ejected leaders went to court, seeking orders to stop the new team from taking over.

On Wednesday, trouble started when Mr King'ori sat in the chair reserved for Gathungu. A shouting match ensued, prompting Mr Wahome to intervene. The speaker asked the two members to occupy any empty seat "as no seat is electronically allocated”.

King’ori and his team said they had expected the speaker to communicate that he recognised them as the substantive leaders in the house. King’ori was then expected to table the county's annual development plan for the 2018/2019 financial year.

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Wahome has accused Governor Francis Kimemia of interfering with the assembly’s work. But Mr Kimemia has refused to be drawn into the wrangles.

“I run the executive and I cannot, therefore, interfere with the assembly's affairs” he said.

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