Chaos at City Hall, MCAs exchange blows

Embarrassing fights at City Hall

File image of commotion at City Hall. Chaos at City Hall as MCAs come to blows over Speaker Beatrice Elachi impeachment

Chaos rocked City Hall on Tuesday as Jubilee party members of county assembly announced renewed efforts to impeach Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Commotion begun after Jubilee Party MCAs, who make up the majority side of the house, addressed a press conference outside the assembly disclosing that they had prepared an ouster motion and were ready to table it during Tuesday's afternoon session.

Led by Riruta Ward MCA James Kariuki and Nairobi South Ward rep Esther Chege, the Jubilee MCAs declared that they would hinder proceedings at the House as long as Elachi was allowed to head the house.

No sooner had the two leaders made their remarks when a faction defending Speaker Elachi descended on them with blows and kicks.

The anti-Elachi MCAs were forced to retreat into the assembly chambers as sergeants-at-arms barred their attackers and journalists from pursuing them.

The pro-Elachi faction comprised of a MCAs elected under the NASA coalition led by Nairobi West MCA Maurice Gari and his Maringo Hamza counterpart Mark Ndung'u.

The two insisted that they are in full support of the Speaker and encouraged those opposing her leadership to stop the fights and return to work.

"The resuming of the Nairobi County Assembly sessions was adjourned for reasons known to all of us. What we have converged to say here is that we should not be a county that is constantly on the media fighting, it is time to go back to work for Nairobians.

"The issue of impeachment is not about chest-thumping, if you have the numbers come to the house and do it according to House procedure. But as the NASA coalition we have agreed to support Speaker Elachi," Gari stated.

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