County Assembly Speakers have asked the Senate to protect them from the rampant impeachments by Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs).
The speakers want senators to come up with proposals that will not only ensure they are given tenure of office but also have an appeal mechanism in case they are ousted just like in the case of governors.
Nandi Speaker Joshua Kiptoo, who represents the County Assemblies Forum (CAF), stated that whenever a governor feels that the Speaker is not loyal to them, they use MCAs to not only attack them but also ensure they (speakers) are kicked out of office.
“If we are given security of tenure this will help us do our job. Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and that is why we are requesting your help,” he commented.
They also want senators to amend impeachment procedure to make it more difficult for the MCAs to kick them out of office on flimsy grounds.
He added, “There are legal loopholes and an urgent need for institutional discipline. We want the same procedure of impeaching governors followed in removing county speakers. This would provide an appeal mechanism.”
Nairobi, Homabay, and Nyandarua County Assemblies have impeached their speakers in the last three months.
Garissa MCAs have also threatened to send their Speaker home.
Beatrice Elachi, the former speakers for Nairobi County, claimed that the MCAs violated the standing orders when removing her from office.
Despite seeking court orders to protect her from the ouster, the members went ahead to elect Majority Whip Mwaura Chege.