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Nairobi MCAs Divided Over How Zoom Sittings Are Conducted


A Section of Nairobi County Assembly Members has now raised concerns over the use of zoom in assembly plenary sittings saying it has been hijacked by political leadership at the assembly.

Those opposed to Zoom sessions say it has come difficult to be part of what goes on at the assembly in terms of bills and motions being passed.

According to Dandora Four MCA Francis Otieno Ngesa, they have also been unable to monitor proceedings at the chambers when crucial bill are being passed.

‘‘It has been a great challenge to some of us, sometimes you need to make contributions and  your  speaker goes mute  and before you realize anything a motion has beenpassed and everything  done,” he said.

‘‘We have complained about this and we are now reading sabotage. Let us work on rotational model where we attend the plenary sittings in shifts,’’ he added.

Korogocho MCA Naftali Ogola on the other hand raised concerns over perennial network hitches saying it has become an obstacle mainly when logging in.

‘‘It was a good idea to fight Covid -19 but the assembly must re-look into the issue of network and other technical hitches with these zoom sitings…because without that you cannot participate,’’ Ogola said.

Meanwhile Minority Whip Peter Imwatok has insisted that zoom sittings are the way to go but those chairing meetings should not use the same to deny other members rights to be heard.


‘‘There is nothing wrong with conducting assembly business through zoom, at this point our health matters a lot. The corona pandemic has ravaged our people and we must always be cautious… so I think waheshimiwa should just embrace that,’’ Imwatok told Ghetto Radio News.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had asked Parliament and counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru to go on recess until further notice but they later resumed sittings through zoom to avoid spread of Covid-19.