Bid to sack Magelo fails, as 21 MCAs with­draw sup­port

Ju­bilee reps with­drew their sig­na­tures be­cause they be­lieve it was a trap by Cord to di­vert their at­ten­tion from a mo­tion to sack Gov­er­nor Kidero, mi­nor­ity lead­ers says

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The bid to sack Nairobi speaker Alex Magelo has suf­fered a blow af­ter 21 Ju­bilee MCAs, who had ap­pended their sig­na­tures to the pe­ti­tion, with­drew.

The ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives with­drew their sig­na­tures be­fore the speaker could ap­prove the draft mo­tion for tabling in the House, thus not meet­ing the thresh­old.

Some 57 MCAs – 36 from Cord and 21 Ju­bilee – had signed the pe­ti­tion. The Stand­ing Or­ders re­quire that at least one-third, or 43 of the 127 mem- bers, sign the pe­ti­tion to be­gin the im­peach­ment process.

The mo­tion was on the speaker’s desk for ap­proval on Thurs­day evening af­ter the clerk’s of­fice gave it the go-ahead.

“We asked our mem­bers to with­draw be­cause this was a trap by Cord. We know these are di­ver­sion­ary tac­tics to defuse the hot topic of re­mov­ing the gov­er­nor from of­fice,” mi­nor­ity leader Abdi Guyo said.

The as­sem­bly has been in tur­moil af­ter a mo­tion to im­peach Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero was tabled on Tues­day last week. MCAs brawled over the im­pend­ing mo­tion on Septem­ber 29 and last Tues­day.

The spon­sor of the mo­tion to sack Magelo, Makon­geni MCA Peter Imwa­tok (ODM), ac­cused the speaker of de­lib­er­ately de­lay­ing the ap­proval of the mo­tion.

He said Magelo de­layed the mo­tion so he could get sup­port against it.

In the mo­tion, Imwa­tok ac­cused the speaker of in­com­pe­tence, say­ing he has failed to pro­tect the dig­nity, hon­our, re­spect and in­tegrity of the as­sem­bly.

“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 this as­sem- bly,” the mo­tion states.

Mean­while, chief whip David Mbe­ria will sue the county as­sem­bly Public Ser­vice Board for kick­ing him out of his of­fice. He said he will move to court to­mor­row.

Mbe­ria’s of­fice was locked on Thurs­day last week af­ter a scuf­fle with ma­jor­ity leader Elias Otieno.

“I have con­sulted my lawyer and he ad­vised me ac­cord­ingly. I am su­ing this board. I am not elected by the board. I am elected by mem­bers,” he said.

Mbe­ria and Otieno al­most came to blows last week when the im­peach­ment mo­tion against Kidero was be­ing tabled in the cham­ber. Mbe­ria ac­cused Otieno of be­lit­tling him.

/ BRIAN SIMIYU

Nairobi county as­sem­bly clerk Ja­cob Ng­wele, speaker Alex ole Magelo and his PA Mike Awiti at City Hall on Au­gust 30

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