Nakuru Speaker survives ouster bid

Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Eng. Joel Maina Kairo Wednesday survived an impeachment motion levelled against him.

The motion brought to the house by Biashara ward MCA, Peter Njoroge Nyaguthii failed to achieve the 75 per cent support threshold after 45 MCAs voted in support of the motion, while 32 MCAs voted against the motion.The motion required the support of 59 MCAs in order to sail through.

Deputy Speaker, Samuel Tonui did not vote by virtue of being the presiding speaker.Nakuru county assembly has 78 MCAs, 55 being elected while 23 are nominated.

Voting by way of secret ballot started after a daylong heated debate as members of the public watched in anxiety from the gallery.

Njoroge had sighted denial of bench marking trips, incompetence and abuse of office as some of the wrong doings of the speaker.

Immediately the results were announced members of the public broke to song and dance as they carried Kairo shoulder high.

They said that it was time for elected leaders to deliver to the electorate instead of engaging in unnecessary fights.

On his part Kairo said that he will soon be convening a Kamukunji to unite the divided house.

He said that he was happy that the assembly has shown the whole country that the issues brought against him were framed up adding that he is ready to continue serving as the second speaker of Nakuru county assembly.

Up until last weekend, Njoroge had the support of 60 MCAs until Nakuru senator Susan Kihika and Nakuru town west MP Samuel Arama invited a section of MCAs for a reconciliation meeting.

Before his election as Nakuru’s second speaker, Kairo served as the CEC for roads in former governor Kinuthia Mbugua’s administration.

Source: Kenya News Agency