Confusion has rocked the Nairobi County Assembly again even as two deputy clerks are in the running to occupy the office of the clerk in an acting capacity
This comes after the court of appeal last Friday ordered assembly clerk Edward Gichana to vacate office pending the determination of a lawsuit against him.
The court further stayed an earlier ruling that saw Jacob Ngwele ordered to stay out of office.
“… the application dated 5th November 2020 is allowed and we hereby order that there shall be a stay of execution of the judgment of the Employment and Labour Relations Court (Hon. Lady Justice M. Onyango) dated 16th October 2020 pending the hearing and determination of the intended appeal to this Court against the said judgment,” reads the ruling in part
Speaker Mutura appoints an acting clerk.
Following the decision to have Gichana vacate office, Nairobi county speaker Mr Ben Mutura appointed Adda to take over in acting capacity instead of Pauline Akuku who has bee discharging the same functions in actiing capacity even presided over Mutura’s swearing in.
“In compliance with the said court decision and considering the prevailing administrative circumstances in the County Assembly and the critical functions of the Office of the Clerk in the day to day running of the County Assembly, I wish to inform you the decision if the board in a meeting held on June 7, 2021, to appoint you as the Acting Clerk as we wait for the court verdict,” reads the letter from the speaker.
Edwad Gichana appoints Pauline Akuku as acting clerk.
In another twist, the under fire clerk Edward Gichana handed the reigns of power to his deputy incharge of administration Pauline Akuku much to the chagrin of the Mutura led pro Adah Onyango team.
“I wish to inform you that during the period of my absence, you shall pursuant to the provisions of section 21 of the County Assembly Service Act, 2017 take over and perform the functions, duties and responsibilities of the office of the clerk of Nairobi county assembly in acting capacity with effective from June 7 until hearing and determination of the intended appeal,”part of Gichana’s letter read in part.
The current wars at the assembly is now pitying both Akuku and Adah even as Ngwele and Gichana remain suspended from the seat.
“For clarity both Mr Edward Gichana Ombwori and Jacob Muvengei Ngwele are hereby injuncted from exercising the powers, privileges and responsibilities of the office, Clerk, Nairobi County Assembly pending the hearing and determination of the intended appeal,” reads the ruling.
The current infighting has now split the members of the county assembly with some majorly Luos aligning to Adah Onyango while non luos mostly luhyas casting their lot with Pauline Akuku a luhya.