Pro-Kidero MCAs train guns on Magelo over sack mo­tion

Fifty seven MCAs have signed a pe­ti­tion by Makon­geni MCA Peter Imwa­tok of ODM meet­ing the thresh­old to kick-start the im­peach­ment against the speaker

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

Even be­fore the mo­tion to im­peach Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero is de­bated, Nairobi MCAs have trained their guns on speaker Alex Magelo, who ap­proved mo­tion to sack the boss.

A mo­tion seek­ing his ouster is al­ready on his desk for ap­proval be­fore tabling be­fore the House.

Fifty seven MCAs, 36 from Cord and 21 from Ju­bilee, have signed a pe­ti­tion by Makon­geni MCA Peter Imwa­tok (ODM), meet­ing the thresh­old to be­gin the im­peach­ment.

The as­sem­bly has been in tur­moil af­ter a mo­tion to im­peach Kidero was tabled. MCAs brawled last Thursday and on Tues­day.

The laws re­quires at least one third or 43 of the 127 mem­bers sign the pe­ti­tion to ini­ti­ate the process.

“The speaker has vi­o­lated the Con­sti­tu­tion by fail­ing to pro­tect the dig­nity, hon­our, re­spect and in­tegrity of this as­sem­bly,” Imwa­tok says in the mo­tion.

“The speaker has and con­tin­ues to de­grade, ma­lign the char­ac­ter and abil­ity of the hon­ourable mem­bers of this county as­sem­bly by, mak­ing ma­li­cious, con­temp­tu­ous, vil­i­fi­ca­tion of mem­bers with diver­gent views and un­founded al­le­ga­tions against the rules and pro­ce­dures of the as­sem­bly,” reads the mo­tion.

If Magelo ap­proves the mo­tion, it could be tabled next week af­ter which he will have a chance to defend him­self against the al­le­ga­tions against him.

If 75 per cent ( 85 mem­bers) of the 127 ward reps vote for the mo­tion, then the speaker will have to leave of­fice. The deputy speaker and mem­bers of the speaker’s panel will take charge un­til an­other speaker is elected.

Magelo was elected in 2013 by Cord MCAs who en­joyed a ma­jor­ity of one mem­ber. Of the 127 mem­bers, 64 were elected on the ODM and Wiper tick­ets and 63 on the Ju­bilee ticket. The ma­jor­ity scale has, how­ever, tilted to­wards the Ju­bilee af­ter Vi­wan­dani’s Sa­muel Nyang’wara and his South C’s Diana Kapeen — de­fected to Ju­bilee.

/ BRIAN SIMIYU

Nairobi county of­fi­cials protest at the of­fice of speaker Alex ole Magelo on Au­gust 30

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