Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has stepped down.
Elachi announced her resignation from the position on Tuesday morning citing threats to her life and frustrations from Governor Mike Sonko.
Ruai MCA John Kamangu, who has been serving as the deputy speaker, will take over the role in an acting capacity until a new Speaker is elected.
“I humbly tender my resignation to President Uhuru Kenya. For the last few days, there have been life-threatening incidences. I appoint my deputy speaker, John Kamangu as an acting speaker,” said Elachi.
She added: "Governor Sonko, you cannot go on threatening people's lives and their families. You also have a family. You cannot have everything."
Elachi expressed confidence that the newly-formed Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) will transform the city and thanked President Kenyatta for allowing her to serve the people of Nairobi.
“This is the right time…Last time I left with my head down this time I leave with my head high, without force,” she said.
A section of MCAs allegedly allied to Governor Sonko has been seeking to impeach Elachi, a move that has seen the assembly marred with chaos.
They accused her of abuse of office, illegal appointment of a new assembly clerk, corruption, poor leadership, victimization of MCAs and assembly staff, impunity, and militarization of the assembly.
Elachi was impeached for the first time in September 2018 after over 100 MCAs voted in favor of her ouster motion. She returned to her office in October 2019 following a court order reversing her impeachment.