Jubilee Party has suffered a big blow at the Nairobi County Assembly after MCA Habiba Hussein lost her seat due to absenteeism.
Nominated MCA Habiba Hussein’s seat was declared vacant by Speaker Beatrice Elachi on Tuesday 10th March after being absent from the plenary sittings for two years. The Daily Nation Has reported.
This comes after the Assembly adopted a report by the Powers and Privileges committee investigating allegations of absenteeism from plenary sittings by members.
The house had adopted a report by the Powers and Privileges Committee that was investigating allegations of absenteeism.
The report had been tabled by the vice-chair and Githurai 44 MCA Naftaly Mathenge.
“The Committee after doing its investigation found out that the Honorable Habiba Hussein has neither been attending plenary or committee sittings from 2017,the same year she was nomination into the County Assembly,” said Mr Mathenge.
As a result, Mr Mathenge said the committee resolved to invoke provisions of Article 194(1) (b) of the Constitution as well as Standing Orders 242 (1) of the Nairobi County Assembly and Section 17(3) (h) of the County Assemblies Powers and Privileges Act, 2017 to advise the Speaker to declare the seat of Ms Hussein vacant.
Ms Elachi then declared the seat vacant leaving the Jubilee Party with less 1 member.
“I hereby declare the seat of Habiba Hussein vacant. The Secretary-General of the Jubilee Party is aware of the position,” Read Ms Elachi.
This leaves the Jubilee party with 65 members in the county assembly out of the 121 MCAs with 56 of them being from the opposition coalition..
It is not clear why the nominated member of the county assembly was not attending sitting. The information about her whereabouts also remains scanty.
Standing Orders 242 (1) of the Nairobi County Assembly explains of how a seat of an MCA can be declared vacant by the Speaker if one fails to attend plenary sittings after investigations by the Powers and Privileges committee.