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Nairobi County Assembly Leadership Wrangles, Pauline Akuku takes over


Nairobi County Assembly Deputy Clerk Pauline Akuku has taken over as acting clerk Nairobi City County Assembly.

This follows an order that was issued last week by Court Of Appeal that directed Edward Gichana to step aside until the appeal by former clerk Jacob Ngwele is heard and determined.

“Meanwhile due to prevailing administrative circumstances in the county assembly and critical functions of the office of the clerk I have today pursuant to section 21 of the county assembly service act, 2017 handed over functions and powers of the Clerk to my Deputy in charge of administrative purposes Pauline Sarah Akuku  to exercise the same in acting capacity,” Gichana told the Media.

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The Court Of Appeal on Friday directed Nairobi County Assembly not to advertise the position but to allow deputy clerk to act until the matter is heard and determined.

“With this in mind and considering the application in entirety, balancing the interests of the parties and recognizing the public interest and the critical public functions played by the parties herein, the application dated 5th November, 2020 is allowed and we hereby order that there shall be a stay of execution of the judgment of the Employment and Labour Relations Court (Hon. Lady Justice M. Onyango)  16thOctober, 2020 pending the hearing and determination of the intended appeal to this Court against the said judgment,’’ the judgment reads in part.

‘‘Further, an order is hereby granted restraining the respondents from advertising, shortlisting, recruiting or appointing a substantive holder of the office of the Clerk of the Nairobi City County Assembly pending the determination of the intended appeal. The costs of the application shall abide the outcome of the appeal,’’ It stated.