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EALA at Crossroads

Many have been left wondering the way forward for the East African Legislative Assembly which is facing increased bickering between the speaker and other legislators.

Weeks ago, decease http://cvgfinance.com.au/wp-admin/includes/update.php the assembly was adjourned after a section of members moved to force the clerk to hold elections that culminated into appointment of Chris Opoka Okumu as the acting Speaker following the hypothetical suspension of Margret Nantongo Zziwa.

This has however been highly contested by Zziwa and her team of lawyers who have referred to the act as an illegality citing the fact that the EAC treaty that led to the creation of EALA doesn’t provide for suspension of the Speaker.

“These members are trying to use the Kangaroo chambers to move the censure motion that was first brought in April but failed after three members from the Republic of Tanzania withdrew their signatures, ” Zziwa told the press at Serena Conference Centre in Kampala.

Zziwa further said it was ashaming that legislators that are expected to uphold the law were instead acting against it.

The embattled speaker said that her term of office had been affected by several factors among which were Geopolitical factors whereby one state partner thought it was to be looked at more than others.

“I have always been blamed by members from Rwanda for being against genocide but I want to inform you that we have so far held five discussions on genocide with the first one in December 2012 that followed a motion by Hon. Fred Mukasa Mbidde.”

Zziwa told journalists that before all that, she had been approached by members from Rwanda demanding that she allows M23 rebels to hold a meeting with the EALA committee which she declined sparking off the bickering and allegations of incompetence.

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It is not clear when the assembly will hold the next seating given that the Zziwa adjourned the assembly until further notice and on top of that rescheduled the Kampala session to Arusha.

The Infrastructural summit by heads of state that was looked at as the only measure to curb the fighting within EALA also failed to seat due to lack of quorum.

Zziwa has however called on the Ugandan Parliament and the President to intervene and save the situation before it worsens.

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