Kenya: Elachi Now Extends an Olive Branch to Her Political Enemies

18 October 2019

Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has said she is ready to work with all MCAs, dismissing claims her return to office owes much to support by ODM MCAs.

The Speaker stated she will work with everyone and not a specific side of the House despite her acrimonious return to the seat after more than a year in the cold and should not be seen as "ODM Speaker".

Ms Elachi's declaration comes a day after Jubilee Party, through its secretary general Raphael Tuju, brokered a truce between the party's warring factions at the assembly.

"I am not a Speaker of ODM but a speaker of Nairobi Assembly. Not any one side can claim that I am their Speaker because when you look back, both sides of the House played a role in my impeachment.

"Nairobi deserves stable leadership. I will respect and abide by the decisions made by my party. I am looking forward to that time when both the assembly and the executive will work together to deliver services to the residents," Elachi added.

She said it is normal to have allies from the ODM party in the spirit of the Handshake, stating that does not mean she will look down upon Majority Leader Abdi Guyo, and so people should not read much into it.

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