By Tobby Otum and Erick Ludeya
Nairobi Members of County Assembly (MCAs) have dismissed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) circular demanding them to appear before it.
They insisted that they had not committed any crime by impeaching the county Speaker Beatrice Elachi.
The MCAs led by Majority Leader Ibrahim Abdi want the EACC to deal with corruption involving theRuaraka land before engaging itself in other affairs of the county.
He said the county has lost over Sh 1.5 billion over the Ruaraka land saga yet the matter is still unresolved.
Is it a crime for us to shout that the Speaker must go?” he posed.
Abdi said the embattled county speaker was spotted on national television spraying pepper at the MCAs and wondered why the anti-corruption agency has not yet summoned her to appear before it.
He spoke during a press conference at Sai Rock hotel in Mombasa County where they were holding a retreat.
Abdi wondered why he was summoned yet he was the one who was cooling the tempers of his colleagues during the incident at the office of the county speaker.
We won’t be intimidated and we still insist that Elachi stands impeached,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile the legislators have also dismissed claims by women MPs that they impeached Elachi because she is a woman.
The MCA have warned the MPs not to drag politics into the matter, noting that the impeachment was precisely based on critical abuse of office undertakings by the speaker.
They insist that the matter cannot be solved in the corridors of the court and that only a political solution can be reached to settle things.
We want to urge the women MPs to stay off this matter because it is not a gender war but it is a war on corruption and we stand by that,” minority chief whip Peter Imwatok said.
On Wednesday, a group on women MPs accompanied CAS Rachel Shebesh in Likoni for a fund raiser where they drummed up support for Elachi and dismissed her impeachment as petty and one without legal grounds.
Elachi’s case was due to be heard by the Labour and Industrial Court on Friday but the MCAs had earlier stated that whatever the outcome, they will not work with her as the speaker.