In Summary
  • The clerk, who is the chief accounting officer of the assembly, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the assembly.
  • His ejection now risks grinding to a halt payment of salaries of county staff, the MCAs and ward office staff.
  • Mr Ngwele has not been seeing eye-to-eye with Ms Elachi since her return.

A crisis is looming at the Nairobi County Assembly with critical services facing total paralysis after MCAs kicked out Clerk Jacob Ngwele.

This comes after the ward representatives, in a motion of privilege on Tuesday, revoked the appointment of Mr Ngwele as the assembly’s clerk on grounds of gross violation of Section 18(2) of the County Assembly Services Act.

The clerk, who is the chief accounting officer of the assembly, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the assembly and the action by the MCAs now risks grinding to a halt payment of salaries of county staff, the MCAs and ward office staff.

IN OFFICE ILLEGALLY

The mover of the motion, Nairobi West MCA Maurice Gari, claimed that the name of the clerk was not tabled on the floor of the assembly for approval hence Mr Ngwele is in office illegally.

The MCAs went on to blockade the office of the clerk using wooden planks nailed on the door.

Speaking on his ouster, the clerk said that the action by the county legislators is likely to see 140 assembly employees, 123 MCAs and over 300 ward office staff risk going without salaries as he cannot access his office to discharge duties pertaining to being the chief accounting officer of the assembly.

MEDICAL COVER

“The MCAs and the staff also risk going without medical cover as we had only one month grace period, which ends today (Wednesday) to sort the issue,” said Mr Ngwele.

He faulted his removal from office, arguing that Sections 22 and 23 of the County Assembly Services Act provides grounds for removal from office and that none was raised by the MCAs.

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