Power of a woman: Elachi fights her way back to Nairobi Speaker

Beatrice Elachi is a true representation of the power of a woman. She has endured numerous attacks and confrontations due to her position as Nairobi county Assembly speaker.

The Employment and Labour Relations Court has reinstated Beatrice Elachi.

Justice Maureen Onyango cited massive flaws when the MCAs sacked Elachi last year.

She dismissed the assembly’s argument that the court has no powers to meddle in legislative process of Parliaments.

Onyango said it is unfair for the assembly to require Elachi to defend herself within hours.

“The respondents do not deny that the summons to the petitioner were served upon her at 1.30pm requiring her to appear before the floor of the assembly by 3.10pm. Even had she been present in her office, and had been personally served, this period would not qualify to be sufficient opportunity to respond,” she said.

The court also observed that the allegations by the MCAs, contained in a six-page document, did not have particulars of her alleged offences.

The county accused Elachi of undermining its authority, conflict of interest and abuse of office.

But there were no dates of when she committed the offences, witnesses or documents supporting the claims.

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