The supremacy battles in Kiambu County have resurfaced with Members of County Assembly’s clash with Speaker Stephen Ndichu over his decision to close the assembly indefinitely.
Drama ensued at the Kiambu County Assembly yesterday after a section of MCA’s led by the Leader of Majority Gideon Gachara stormed the office of the speaker in an attempt to eject him.
According to Gachara, they have been questioning the continued stay in office of John Muturi as the assembly clerk who they claim is occupying the position illegally.
He maintained that Simon Rugu is the clerk who should be lawfully in office after he was vetted and confirmed.
“We are determined to ensure the substantive clerk assumes his roles as per the law. He was unlawfully transferred to the executive and even at one point the speaker wrote to his lawyer saying he is an outsider, he has no roles,” said Gachara.
The MCA’s are accusing the speaker of presiding over corruption in the assembly’s development projects and kicking out the assembly clerk, replacing him with another clerk who will help cover up his deeds.
“The speaker has been on a rampage of chasing away clerks who do not conform to his wishes and started with John Mutie, then brought Igogo, Ndirangu and now Simon Rugu and because they had chased Mutie away illegally since he is the current gazetted assembly clerk,” said Gachara.
“Mutie had been sent to be the clerk for Kiambu county municipalities whose term had ended. The speaker refused to allow him return to his post because he knows Mutie will unearth his illegal deeds.”
The MCAs said that they arrived for yesterdays morning session only to find the assembly locked with a notice that the day’s business could not proceed.
That prompted the MCAs to storm the speaker’s office, demanding to know why the assembly was closed.
Gachara claimed during the altercation the speaker allegedly drew out his gun after they differed on whether the Thursday morning session should be held or not.
However, speaker Ndichu refuted claims that he had drawn the gun.
“I have bodyguards and I cannot do such a thing. My gun is safely stored at the safe,” Ndichu said.
On the closure of the assembly, he said as the Speaker, the standing orders allowed him to close or suspend the assembly if there are chaos.