Ward reps overwhelmingly voted for Beatrice Elachi as the second Speaker of Nairobi County Assembly in 2017. Elachi got a total of 90 votes while her counterpart Ali Abdi only got 27 votes.
The high number of votes was a clear indication that the ward representatives had a lot of confidence in her.
Elachi was the first woman to hold such a powerful position in Parliament. She also had the support of most of the MCAs.
Surprisingly, on Tuesday August 11, Elachi tendered in her resignation. Her decisio to resign surprised many.
A day after tendering her resignation, new facts have emerged on why she resigned.
Late phone call
Sources at the Ministry of Interior as well as the State House allege that Elachi received a late phone call. They claim that the phone call could be the reason behind her resignation.
Initially, Elachi resisted the idea of resigning. She even threatened to seek legal address. However, Elachi changed her mind after the caller offered her a government position. She decided to step down voluntarily.
Elachi’s decision to resign raised eyebrows because MCAs gave her overwhelming support by voting for her.
There are allegations that President Uhuru Kenyatta is keen on ending leadership wrangles in the county. If he succeeds, the recently formed Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) will seamlessly carry out its mandate.
Speaking at a press conference, Elachi said that she was confident the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) led by General Badi would properly lead Nairobi after her exit.
“It is State House that made the decision and she was told that it has to be that way. It was not a decision made out of her own volition,” a source claimed.
“When she became adamant and threatened to go to court, the plan was disclosed to her and she was told that there was no need because she would be given a government post,” the source added.