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Beatrice Kedeveresia Elachi is a Kenyan politician who served as the Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly between September 2017 and August 2020.As Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly, she replaced Alex Ole Magelo, who did not contest his seat. Immediately prior to her election, she was the Majority Whip in the Kenya Senate. Elachi was born in 1973 in Kakamega County.
||1973 (age 47–48)
||Africa Nazarene University
(BA in Peace and Security Studies)
(MA in Peace and Security Studies)
She attended local schools before moving to Nairobi for higher education at the African Nazarene University. After graduation, she worked briefly in the private sector before venturing into NGO consultancy on gender and security matters.
Her work introduced her to sources in government and ultimately saw her active involvement in the 2005 Referendum as an official in the Yes Campaign team that was headed by President Mwai Kibaki.
Her work saw her serve in President Kibaki’s re-election team – Kibaki Tena, as an outreach manager. After the violence-laden 2007 campaign, then-Interior Minister John Michuki picked Elachi as a coordinator on resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Her mobilisation skills got the eye of Michuki’s colleague in Cabinet, Kiraitu Murungi, who was in the process of making his own party towards the 2013 general election. Kiraitu picked Elachi as Secretary-General of his party – Alliance Party of Kenya – then popularly known as the “mbuss”.
She was subsequently nominated to the Senate by APK and was sworn in after the 2013 general election.
APK’s cooperation with TNA and URP under the Jubilee coalition saw Elachi picked for the position of Senate Majority Whip – one of the most powerful positions in the Senate.
She was also instrumental in the merger of the Jubilee coalition parties which led to the formation of the Jubilee Party in 2016.
In 2017, Elachi unsuccessfully vied for the Dagoretti North parliamentary seat but lost to the current MP – Simba Arati. The mother of nine was voted as Nairobi County Speaker in 2017.
She had a tumultuous term that saw multiple attempts by Nairobi MCAs to impeach her and ultimately led to her resignation in August 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has since appointed her as Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Gender and Public Service.
Background and education
She was born in Kakamega in a family with four children. She attended St. Teresa’s Primary School for her elementary education. She then transferred to Moi Girls Vokoli High School, in Vihiga County, for he secondary education. She was then admitted to Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace and Security Studies. She went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree in the same subject, also from Africa Nazarene University.
Career before politics
Prior to 2003, Beatrice worked as a Programs Officer for the United Nations Program for Women (UN Women), in collaboration with the National Council of Women of Kenya and the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development. She worked as a trainer of women parliamentarians, in collaboration with the United Nations Program for Women, between 2003 and 2010. From 2010 until 2013, she served as the Secretary General of the Alliance Party of Kenya.
In 2013, Beatrice Elachi was nominated to the Senate as a member of The National Alliance (TNA). She rose to the rank of Majority Chief Whip in the Upper Chamber, the first woman to serve in that capacity, in the history of Kenya’s parliament.
In 2017, Beatrice won the Jubilee Alliance primary elections in the Dagoretti North Constituency, in April. In the August 2017 general election, she lost to Paul Simba Arati, the incumbent.
On 6 September 2017, having been dully nominated, she was elected speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly, and was the incumbent, as of January 2018.
On 6 September 2018, after being accused of (a) conflict of interest, (b) undermining the Authority of the County Assembly Board, (c) abuse of office, gross misconduct and failure to show leadership, she was impeached as the speaker of Nairobi County Assembly
On 11 August 2020 Beatrice Elachi resigned as Nairobi County Speaker, in a televised address, citing death threats directed towards her.
Beatrice Elachi is a married mother of four children