3 April 2014

East Africa: EA Authority Might Decide Speaker Zziwa's Fate

Photo: EAC
East African Community Heads of States at the 15th Ordinary Summit in Speke Resort, Kampala (file photo).

Arusha — MEMBERS of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) have resolved to take the issue of their estranged Speaker, Dr Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, to the five EAC Heads of State.

"We are going to brief the EA Heads of State Summit, scheduled for later this month, on the ongoing process at the EALA," revealed the regional legislators in their joint communiqué, which has also been relayed to the national assemblies of the partner states for information.

The MEALAs stated that, Dr Zziwa has kept on making things worse, describing her move to unceremoniously adjourning the House session indefinitely at the Arusha Chambers on Tuesday evening as "the last straw in the series of unbecoming conduct."

"We would like to inform Honourable Zziwa that the mission to remove her from the seat was still in place despite the rude move to adjourn the Parliament by challenging and ignoring the Counsel to the Community, Mr Wilbert Kaahwa," they wrote.

They charged that the Speaker misused rule 82 (2) of the Rules of Procedures to apply and interpret the rules in adjourning the assembly hastily.

The adjournment of assembly 'Sine Die,' according to the MEALAs, was not fixed by the commission and took the assembly by surprise, with Dr Zziwa displaying the sort of conduct that is contrary to the decorum of the office she holds and thus not fit to continue to lead.

"We want to inform the Speaker that no amount of intimidation or abuse of office or disregard for rules of procedures will stop the commencement of these proceedings.

The members want to invoke the provisions of the rules of procedure to elect one of them to preside over the assembly in accordance with Article 56 (b) of the treaty for the establishment of the EAC and the continuation of the process.

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