Elachi: Why I resigned from position of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker
By Peter Ochieng
Dagoreti North Member of Parliament (MP) Beatrice Elachi has finally spoken about her exit from the Nairobi County Assembly in 2020.
Elachi was elected Nairobi County Assembly Speaker after the 2017 general elections, before tendering her resignation in August 2020.
During a panel discussion involving four former County Assembly Speakers on Citizen TV’s JKL Show on Wednesday night, Elachi said she threw in the towel after it became apparent that ‘some forces’ were hell-bent on using her to facilitate the impeachment of former Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko.
“It was none of my business to impeach Sonko. I did not go to the Speakership to impeach Sonko,” said the MP.
“I was not supposed to do all the dirty work. I said let me leave so that somebody else comes and does this.”
Sonko was impeached in December 2022, months after Elachi bolted out of the Speakership office.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta later appointed her Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Public Service and Gender, a position she held until being elected Dagoreti North legislature during the August 09, 2022 polls.
Other panellists on the JKL show including former Nyandarua County Assembly Speaker Ndegwa Wahome and former Kajiado County Assembly Speaker Johnson Osoi said one of the major challenges they faced in the office is numerous attempts by Members of the County Assembly to impeach them.
Wahome and Osoi who served for ten years from 2013, urged the incoming County Assembly Speakers to uphold the rule of law, and not get involved in monkey businesses.
They advised them to be very careful with those ‘characters called clerks.’