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Power play at City Hall behind Elachi impeachment – The Informer

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Governor Mike Sonko, embattled speaker Beatrice Elachi and former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex Ole Magelo

Beleaguered Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachiis facing a grim fate after as the assembly leadership retreated to Mombasa to strategise her last ejection push from office even as Labour Relations Court is deliver a ruling on Friday this week. 

Yesterday, Nairobi County Assembly leaders retreated to Mombasa a day after an acrimonious attempt to evict Elachifrom office but her stay tied to a conservatory court order barring her exit until a petition she filed is heard and determined. 

Sources privy to the political undercurrents that have rocked City Hall intimated the assembly is determined to see Elachi exit from office following the overwhelming impeachment motion against her last week. 

Although Nairobi Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) maintain a vote of no confidence against Elachi was precipitated by deep political matrix and her invitation of detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to probe alleged fraud in expenditure of taxpayers’ money by the assembly. 

According to impeccable sources, former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex Ole Magelo’s name was floated as a likely candidate to succeed Elachi. 

 

Magelo was among of the leaders hosted by Nairobi governor Mike Sonko at his Mua Hill last weekend immedieatly before a section of ward leaders staged violent eviction attempt targeting the Speaker. 

Yesterday, Elachi office remained under lock and key similar to that of Majority and Minority leaders Abdi Guyo and Elias Otieno respectively. 

“We are at Sirop Hotel in Mombasa over the issue. By the time we come back to Nairobi, we will have a solution.” One of the leaders intimated. 

However, Sonko publicly denied any input in machinations to force Elachi out. 

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I have no issues with madam Elachi because some guys are pointing fingers at me. I used to have very good working relationship when she was the Senate Majority Whip and I was her deputy.” Sonko said. 

The Ward representatives are irked by Elachi’s decision to invite investigators a move likely to open a can of worms of possible existing and past rot by both political leaders and administrative arm of the assembly. 

Five senior officials at the Nairobi county assembly and a businessman were arrested and charged with several counts of corruption in relation to a tender for supply of books worth close to Sh1 million after Elachi invited DCI George Kinoti’sintervention. 

They include Assembly clerk Jacob Ngwele, his deputy AdahAwourinclude Philomena Kavinya (principal accountant), James Kariuki (senior procurement officer), Fredrick Mwangi(senior finance and planning officer) and Raphael Maluki(proprietor of Primara Ventures).

In a motion moved by Waithaka MCA Anthony Kiragu, they accused Elachi of taking up functions of the County Assembly Board while at the same time subjecting board members to unnecessary suspicion and investigations. 

The leaders said that during the purchase of the speaker’s house, Elachi interfered, bullied, and intimidated staff so as to get her say. 

The motion was backed by 103 members while two voted against and two others abstained. 



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Ruto’s Mt Kenya hustlers meet to fine-tune bottom-up economic model » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday hosted leaders from Mt Kenya region to discuss how to re-engineer the country’s economy.

Ruto said the meeting which was a follow-up to a similar forum held in Maasai Mara on May 1 deliberated on collaborative efforts to re-engineer government economic approach to one that promotes enterprise and fosters the empowerment of ordinary Kenyans.

“Through the ongoing consultations covering all regions and all sectors of the economy, we anticipate the generation of more jobs and expanded opportunities for those in the lower cadre will rid our country of poverty,” he tweeted.

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During an engagement with three representatives from each of the 11 counties from Mt Kenya region, it was agreed that more targeted and inclusive sessions should be held with Hustler Movement representatives, Members of the County Assemblies, religious and business leaders to follow as the country opens up.

The DP has been building the Hustler Movement, a political group championing for a bottom-up economic model, as his preferred platform for the 2022 presidential run.

At Maasai Mara, Ruto was accompanied by economist David Ndii who briefed the legislators on DP’s proposed ‘Bottom-Up Economic model’ which seeks to uplift the common citizen and provide them with an opportunity to have a say in government.

The DP on Friday held another meeting with over 50 individuals including a section of Mt Kenya where the politicians and experts from different sectors discussed economic revival, a subject Ruto has been propagating since the pandemic broke out in the country.

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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