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Nakuru Assembly Majority Leader relinquishes post in surprise move

Nakuru County Assembly Leader of Majority, MCA Stanley Karanja on Monday relinquished his position at the Nakuru County Assembly amid claims that he was forestalling a planned motion to impeach him.

Karanja, who represents Naivasha East ward, cited health issues and pressure of work in his capacity as majority leader as the reasons for his decision.

The Majority Leader’s decision comes after months of squabbling and infighting at the County Assembly, an issue that saw the Jubilee headquarters intervene to resolve the wrangles.

At the time, Karanja had been accused of spearheading the removal of 12 nominated members from various committees.

The affected MCAs would later file a complaint letter about the conduct of the Majority Leader at the Jubilee party headquarters.

Majority Leader Stanley Karanja and Majority Whip Irene Chebichi were then summoned to the Jubilee Party Internal Disciplinary Resolution Committee in Nairobi to respond to the accusations leveled against them.

A defiant Karanja refused to honor the summons saying that the decision had been adopted by the selection committee which is spearheaded by the Speaker and was therefore not an individual decision.

Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, in his letter to Mr Karanja, had accused the assembly leadership of flouting the Party Constitution by disregarding the gender rule.

In the letter which was copied to the Assembly speaker Joel Kairu, Tuju had said that any decision that contradicted the constitution could only be treated as null and void and told the officials that the party was not ready to defend them over the decision.

B y Jane Ngugi

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