Uganda’s representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) should be recalled by Parliament, opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has demanded.
FDC’s call comes after more than two-thirds of the assembly’s members voted in favour of the resolution to suspend speaker Margaret Zziwa for 21 days.
“Putting your country to shame is enough for one to be removed so as FDC, our prayer is that parliament withdraws our representatives very fast,” said John Kikonyogo, the FDC party spokesperson, during a media briefing at the party’s headquarters in Najjankumbi yesterday.
Mr Kikonyogo said Uganda’s leadership credentials in the region were on trial citing that it is a tragedy for Ugandans to fail to capitalise on the position of the speakership when it is occupied by their own. “We have exported our intrigue from Uganda to East Africa and next time we vie for any post, they will question our leadership capabilities… They are useless. If nine people cannot agree, the earlier we remove them, the better.”
Mr Kikonyogo whose party is not represented in the assembly currently because they boycotted the elections said FDC did not expect much from EALA.
When contacted yesterday, Fred Mukasa Mbidde a representative to Eala who also heads the subcommittee on legal, rules and privileges of the assembly said that while there is no clear law for which parliament can move to recall the EALA representatives, parliament has the powers to undo what it did.
“There are no express provisions giving powers to parliament to recall members but there are also no provisions that bar parliament to do So,” he said.
He however said that through articles 2 and 51 of the treaty and articles 1,83 and 6 of the constitution of Uganda, one can apply to court to seek the removal of the legislators.
The speaker of parliament recently blocked a move by Butambala District Woman Representative Mariam Nalubega to have the EALA MPS recalled after Zziwa’s suspension.
Meanwhile, FDC has brought forward its delegates’ conference which was due on December 6. The conference will now be held on December 5, according to Kikonyogo.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor