Elachi’s court order deemed to have been overtaken by events

By Adieri Mulaa

A court order purporting to restrain the Nairobi City County Assembly from impeaching Speaker Beatrice Elachi was overtaken by events.

It has now emerged that a prohibitory order issued by the Labour Relations Court on Thursday to block the assembly from debating a Motion on removal of the speaker was served on Friday morning, a day after the business had transacted and the speaker accordingly impeached.

A copy of the order which was seen by CEO Africa has stumps indicating it was received by the county assembly on 7th September, 2018.


Lady Justice Maureen Onyango granted conservatory orders blocking the County Assembly from debating a Motion scheduled on the day’s Order Paper to remove the speaker from office.

The Speaker had hurriedly moved to court and obtained orders prohibiting the MCAs from debating, deliberating upon or removing her from office as the Speaker of Nairobi City County Assembly until the suit is heard and determined.

Elachi was impeached on Thursday afternoon by Members of the County Assembly who accused of her of undermining the authority of the County Assembly Service Board, contravention of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, abuse of office and failure to show leadership.

Ironically, Nairobi City County Public Service Board is cited as the first respondents and the County assembly as the second respondent. County assemblies are run by the County Assembly Service Boards. The matter is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday.

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