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Nairobi MCAs ask court to block Elachi probe

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Thirteen members of the Nairobi County Assembly have moved to court to challenge summonses issued to them by the anti-corruption agency on Speaker Beatrice Elachi’s impeachment.

The MCAs were to appear before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) at 2pm on Thursday.

The ward representatives claim, however, that the EACC has allowed itself to be used to violate their rights to freely participate in legislative proceedings at the assembly.

They have accused commission of abusing its mandate by harassing and intimidating them, contrary to the dictates of public interest.

“From the on-goings, it is clear that MCAs have established a prema facie case against the EACC for investigations for participating in the assembly’s proceedings, in violation of the Powers and Privileges Act,” said their lawyer Tom Ojienda.

“Unless the summonses are suspended, the MCAs are going to be subjected to a fundamentally flawed criminal investigation process.”

Ms Elachi was impeached on September 6 while the EACC issued the summonses on Tuesday.

The MCAs want the High Court to temporarily quash the summons and the anti-graft body barred from investigating them.

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