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Madete further revealed that Hon Peter Mathuki tabled motion for the removal of speaker which was interpreted on April 1 2014.

“The assembly referred the motion to the committee on legal, rules and privileges to investigate and report its findings to the assembly for debate,” he added.

“The commission was given 21 days within which to finalise its investigations and report back to the assembly and suspend you from exercising the functions of the speaker until investigations by the committee are completed and the motion concluded upon,” Madete told Zziwa, sparking off a political crisis at the regional lawmaking body.

Chimpreports has seen a confidential letter sent to Madete, informing him of her intentions to maintain a firm grip on the office of speaker.

“I contend that I will not act on an illegality to vacate office until properly advised by the CTC or another competent courts of law,” vowed Zziwa in the leaked letter.

Officials say Zziwa’s determination to defy her rivals’ orders could trigger instability and paralysis at the Arusha-based Parliament.

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The move, diplomats have warned, could as well damage relations between Kampala and some countries whose MPs are championing the idea of toppling Zziwa.

Zziwa is accused of dictatorship, forming cliques, allowing family members to interfere with EALA business and failure to consult members before taking key decisions that affect the assembly.

The censure motion was signed by a total of 29 out of 45 members, 5 of whom are Ugandans. The others are 9 from Rwanda, 9 from Burundi, 4 from Kenya only 2 from Tanzania.

EALA clerk's letter to Zziwa informing her of the Assembly's decision to suspend her from office
EALA clerk’s letter to Zziwa informing her of the Assembly’s decision to suspend her from office

Section 9 of The Assembly’s Rules of Procedure, requires that a censure motion of that nature must be supported by a minimum of four representatives from each member country.

The fact that only two Tanzanian MPs supported the motion has since stalled Zziwa’s expulsion, which she says has driven the members to devise other illegal means as amending the rules.

Zziwa on Tuesday told the media in Kampala that her woes are the handiwork of MP Dorah Byamukama whom she beat in the June 2012 speakership poll, but openly declined accepting defeat.

“She has since vowed to do all it takes to fight me. I can tell you that she is the drafts-person of this censure motion,” said the embattled Speaker.

All grounds on which the legislators intend to throw her out, she says, are baseless, illegal, and money driven and that she intends to challenge the outcomes of the committee findings in courts of law.

Overthrowing Zziwa

In her letter dated November 27, Zziwa said the directive to vacate her office given by the 32 members is over and above the powers given to any committee formal or informal under our rules of procedure or even the treaty.

“The flouted rule quoted of 9 (6) even where the conditions based on are met does not extend to suspension of the speaker from exercising the functions of the office of the Speaker. It only talks about “shall not preside over the proceedings.”’

Zziwa further said, “Even if you wish to extend the interpretation, this cannot extend to suspension of office. I see this as an overzealous extension leading to an illegality. The annex 3 of the rules of procedure quoted and against Article 56 of the treaty quoted – on the absence of the speaker is very explicit.”

The clause, she added, talks of “the absence of the speaker” and envisages that this absence has to be planned.

“So Annex 3 provides now the election of the member can be done and it is very candid in the presence of the speaker at that informal meeting,” she advised.

Zziwa fires back in a missive to EALA clerk and vows she will not vacate the office
Zziwa fires back in a missive to EALA clerk and vows she will not vacate the office

How plan was hatched

Zziwa explained to Madete that, “You are pretty aware that I was present and at no time was I absent and that at about 12 noon when you came to deliver the summons by the members to appear in the informal meeting. I advised that you can seek the CTC legal opinion. You are also equally aware that I chaired the commission at 10:30am the same day in the same premises at County hall.”

She elaborated that, “Having adjourned the House on Tuesday November 2014, to Wednesday at 2:30pm. I was ready to come for the House by 2:15pm already dressed in part of the chamber regalia, only to wait for you and the Sergeants at Arms for the Speaker’s procession from then till 4:30pm. You or the sergeant even never picked my calls or from my office only to be delivered with the letter of suspension.”

EALA being a lawmaking body, warned Zziwa, “it is expected that we should equally preserve the law especially the treaty and our rules of procedures. I wish to get the explanation and interpretation of all these irregularities which are definitely illegalities. The matter of bringing back the motion on the censure of the speaker is a matter that must be for the interpretation of Court Parliamentary Practice states that of any member is dissatisfied with the ruling of the speaker, he or she goes to court to see redress.”

She wondered how an informal meeting cannot take the onus of “resuscitating a motion that was rendered moot by action of the very movers of the motion.”
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Addressing opinion leaders, politicians, representatives of people, MPs and elders from Busoga Sub-Region on Wednesday at State House, Entebbe, the President informed his guests that the purpose of meeting them was to map out strategies of tackling what he referred to as a case of “ideological under-nourishment.”

He stressed that in organizational operations, it is not healthy to move on without ideological nourishment.

The warning comes at a time when Museveni is facing resistance within his own party amid grows for him not to stand for President in the 2016 presidential elections.

He has repeatedly said some actors would not be allowed to destabilise his party whose formation was anchored on bloodshed and sacrifice of patriots.

Insiders blame embattled Secretary General Amama Mbabazi for falling short in building structures to inculcate the NRM ideology among the new members.

This, officials say, has created a large number of NRM supporters who are motivated by financial gain without fully appreciating the party’s ideology and principles of pan Africanism, patriotism and common prosperity.

The President emphasized the importance of the development of infrastructure saying that this forms a bridge between producers and consumers.

He, therefore, informed Busoga Sub-Region leaders that government has laid emphasis on roads’ construction, railway and electricity provision. He said Shs.1.7 billion per annum was going to the building of roads in the country as roads play a vital role in national economic and social development.

Museveni further informed them that “government is bent on converting all traditional families to middle class status through the promotion of development oriented programmes along with ensuring family security as a precursor to the realization of prosperity for all.”

Mr. Museveni said NRM government has worked for the transformation of the human resource in the country through Universal Primary and Secondary Education Programmes. He reiterated Government’s total commitment to ensuring that the people of Uganda graduate from traditional subsistence to modern commercial farming.

The President once again stressed the need for a good and vibrant health status for all people in the country so that goal of prosperity becomes a reality. He cautioned all the people to guard against Hepatitis B that he said is transmitted through promiscuity. He also warned them against excessive alcohol consumption.

Mr. Museveni discouraged the use of money in politics. He reminded MPs and Councilors in Uganda that leadership was not a career but service to society. He urged DRCs to fight against corruption and mobilize the masses into appreciating development on individual, household and national levels through embracing Government programmes.

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