Nairobi MCAs Challenge Removal from County Assembly Committees

Two Nairobi MCAs file court case against their removal from key county assembly committees, alleging political motivations and abuse of power by the Speaker. The outcome could impact the stability and functioning of the assembly's oversight role.

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Nairobi MCAs Challenge Removal from County Assembly Committees

Nairobi MCAs Challenge Removal from County Assembly Committees

Two Nairobi Members of County Assembly (MCAs), Robert Alai (Kileleshwa) and Redson Otieno Onyango (Ngei), have filed a case in the High Court questioning their removal from key county assembly committees. The MCAs argue that the decision by Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Ken Ng'ondi to reconstitute the membership of the Nairobi City County Select Committee and the Water and Sanitation Committee is illegal, unprocedural, and politically motivated.

In their court filing, Alai and Onyango claim that the move to disband and effectively remove them from the two committees they belong to is "a ploy to settle personal and political scores" with them. They contend that they have not completed their three-year terms on these committees and that the reconstitution violates the assembly's standing orders.

The two MCAs are seeking a court order to stop the implementation of the notice to reconstitute the committees, arguing that it is an act of illegality and abuse of power by the Speaker. They want the court to stay the decision pending the hearing and determination of their case.

Why this matters: The dispute highlights the political tensions and power struggles within the Nairobi County Assembly. The outcome of this case could have implications for the stability and functioning of the assembly's committees, which play a critical role in overseeing the county's governance and service delivery.

The case is currently awaiting directions from the High Court on whether to grant the order sought by the MCAs to halt the reconstitution of the committees. The court's decision will determine the next steps in this unfolding legal battle over the control and composition of key county assembly committees in Nairobi.

Key Takeaways

  • Two Nairobi MCAs filed a case against their removal from county assembly committees.
  • MCAs argue the decision to reconstitute committees is illegal, unprocedural, and politically motivated.
  • MCAs seek a court order to stop the implementation of the notice to reconstitute committees.
  • The case highlights political tensions and power struggles within the Nairobi County Assembly.
  • The court's decision will determine the next steps in this legal battle over committee control.