Speaker survives impeachment bid

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Nakuru county assembly speaker, Eng. Joel Maina Kairo on Wednesday survived an impeachment motion against him.

The motion fronted by Biashara ward MCA Peter Njoroge Nyaguthii failed to achieve the 75% support threshold after 32 out of 77 MCAs voted against it.

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 day-long of heated debate as members of the public watched in anxiety from the gallery.

Njoroge had cited denial of benchmarking trips, incompetence, and abuse of office as some of the reasons for impeachment.

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

They said that it was time for elected leaders to deliver on their pledges 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 the assembly had shown the whole country that the issues brought against him were made up, adding that he is ready to continue serving as the second Speaker of the Nakuru county assembly.

Until last weekend, Njoroge had the support of 60 MCAs before 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 Kinuthia Mbugua’s administration.

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