Tough battle looms over leadership as assembly resumes

The unending fight among ODM MCAs over Nairobi County Assembly leadership is likely to halt house operations when the legislators resume duty on Tuesday after a week-long recess.

A bid by a section of the MCAs to replace the minority leader and chief whip has already triggered divisions in the party’top brass and this could still spill to the assembly and committee sittings.

While ODM chairman John Mbadi and executive director Oduor Ong’wen have been caught at the centre of the spiralling siege, the speaker Chege Mwaura is insisting that the party cannot change its leadership through a letter.

Assembly Minority leader Elias Otieno Okumu consulting his colleugue Minority Whip Peter Imwatok after the other camp led by Kennedy Oyugi had announced party had made them new officials./ photo samson wire.

ODM chairman John Mbadi wrote to the speaker Chege Mwaura to replace Elias Okumu(Kileleshwa) with Kennedy Oyugi(Highrise) as the minority leader and Peter Imwatok( Makongeni) with Nicholus Okumu(Lower Savannah) as the whip.

Mr Oduor however, in another letter dismissed Mbadi’s decision noting that the party still recognises the leadership of Mr Elias.

“I am advised to advise you that pending the contemplated communication, the status quo ante shall be preserved,” Ong’wen wrote.

Mr Mbadi has stuck to his guns, insisting that the changes he made still stand and has urged the speaker to accept them.

ODM constitutes the biggest chunk of opposition MCAs in the assembly. Divisions emerged when the minority Elias Otieno and the whip Peter Imwatok managed to convince their troops to back the Jubilee side in ousting speaker Beatrice Elachi.

The Oyugi camp, which also has outspoken Imara Daima MCA Kennedy Oyuga were against the move.

What followed were changes in committees and removal of Mr Oyuga from the speaker’s panel in a decision targeting to dewhip those opposed to Elachi’s impeachment.

As the legislators resume plenary sessions on Tuesday, it will be interesting to see if the Oyugi led camp will take seats preserved for the minority and minority whip.

Mr Obuya had promised that the ‘new’leadership will take up its new positions in the assembly as well us taking over designated offices.

Their attempts to take over office have hit a dead end after it emerged that Mr Elias has since camped in the office to avoid any such occurrence.

The minority leader and the whip both seat in the select committee with the former also being part of the House Business Committee.

CEO Africa understands that Mr Oyugi and camp are pushing for the restructuring commitees yet again once they ‘settle in office’.






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