A group of youth in Kampala under their Umbrella Organization, malady more about http://decoreatelier.com/wp-admin/includes/template.php the Kampala Youth Command, has demanded the “unconditional” and “immediate” resignation of newly-elected speaker of East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) Dan Kidega or face stiff resistance.
The organisation says it is advocating for “democracy and good leadership” in the region.
The move comes hardly a month after the ousting of Margaret Zziwa as EALA Speaker on charges of dictatorship and abuse of office.
In their petition to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the youth led by Peter Lumumba Mulindwa insist Kidega’s takeover over of the coveted position at the regional legislative assembly is “illegitimate because he was not elected by Ugandans who are represented by Parliament.”
“Fellow citizens, we the youth of Uganda are expressing concern over the manner in which the democratically elected speaker of East African Legislative Assembly was impeached,” reads part of the petition.
“The legislative arm (EALA) of the East African Community impeached its speaker Rt. Hon Dr. Margaret Nantongo Zziwa citing her inability to perform the functions of the office amidst accusations of misconduct. This we now know was not true because the same assembly saluted the Speaker for being Exemplary,” added Milindwa.
He pointed out that, “the syndicated removal of the speaker was illegal and in total abuse of her rights, the sovereignty of the people of Uganda, and East Africa including the right of all the women of East African. The so called Speaker Hon Daniel Kidega is illegitimate and should resign because he is holding the seat of the Speaker as an imposter and we the youth of Uganda do not recognize him.”
Hon Kidega was elected unopposed after his main contender, Hon Chris Opoka- Okumu stepped down. The two were the only ones validly nominated by Ugandan lawmakers in Arusha.
This followed overwhelming support of the Motion for removal of the Speaker by 36 to 2 votes (signifying over two-thirds majority in excess of 30 votes) on the floor of the Assembly. Only one abstention was recorded.
According to the findings, the Speaker continued to be absent from duty station contrary to the terms and conditions and hence giving inadequate supervision to the work of the Assembly.
Other areas include undermining the authority of the Commission by changing the activities for 2013/2014 to suit personal interests and practicing favouritism by denying other Members equal opportunity.
The report also cited misconduct, the use abusive and derogatory language against Members and staff.
But Mulindwa says the Ugandan and the commissioners of EALA and other members at the assembly went against the advice of their Presidents and that of President Museveni’s advice with impunity. Museveni had earlier urged Ugandan MPs to avoid impeaching Zziwa, saying their accusations were “childish.”
“It should be understood that the current assembly is being run by Rwanda Under the cover of the Secretary General (Richard Sezibera) who played a big role in the Removal Rt Hon Margaret Zziwa. Our appeal to the Ugandan and East African is for Justice and Transparence in support of this good cause to undo the illegalities,” said Mulindwa.
In his acceptance speech, the new Speaker pledged to uphold the dignity of the House at all times and to apply the Rules without fear or favour.
“You will note as a House, we have a big and challenging task ahead of us to legislate and represent a Community whose activities and Membership is expanding fast,” Rt. Hon Kidega said.
“I have no doubt we shall deliver. I will pick up from where my predecessors left and continue to promote the good ideals of our mandate of widening and deepening the integration process. In doing so, I will give the majority their way but respect and protect the rights of the minorities at all times,” Hon Kidega added.