In Summary
  • The two fell out over two months ago but the governor now wants to mend his relationship with the Matopeni/Spring Valley MCA, following Speaker Beatrice Elachi's chaotic return to office.
  • The Nairobi assembly has experienced constant wrangling, chaos and drama, with MCAs divided into two camps since Ms Elachi returned to office in September.
  • Governor Sonko said the assembly should not be run in a manner suggesting that it belongs to a few individuals.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has reached out to majority leader Abdi Guyo and his rival faction in a bid to end the impasse at the assembly.

The two fell out over two months ago but the governor now wants to mend his relationship with the Matopeni/Spring Valley MCA, following Speaker Beatrice Elachi's chaotic return to office.

Mr Sonko said he is ready to renew his working relationship with Mr Guyo and all of the city's ward representatives but told the MCAs to separate blackmail and intimidation from their oversight work.

He further challenged Speaker Elachi to rally her troops in supporting his development agenda.

“The differences we have should not stop us from working for Nairobi residents. That is why I am forgiving him. I do not wish to isolate anyone in my development agenda,” he said during a meeting with the MCAs on Monday.

FACTIONS

The Nairobi assembly has experienced constant wrangling, chaos and drama, with MCAs divided into two camps since Ms Elachi returned to office in September.

One faction is in support of the speaker’s comeback while the other, led by Mr Guyo, is opposed to it.

Governor Sonko, who has been in support of Speaker Elachi’s return, said it was time the assembly’s leadership put its house in order and focused on development by creating a free-for-all working environment, devoid of divisions.

He called on legislators opposed to Ms Elachi to abandon their hard stance, learn to work as a team and restore the unity that prevailed in the assembly since the March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.

“We must end this drama and learn to respect each other. We must respect nominated MCAs and other elected leaders and stop intimidating them when they don't support our course."

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