Zziwa faces censure as Eala speaker

Tanzania. A motion to remove the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala), Ms Margaret Zziwa, on claims that she is incapacitated to run the affairs of the regional House properly has been submitted to the Clerk of Eala and may be tabled today. An official of Eala told The Citizen, a sister paper to the Daily Monitor, late yesterday that the House may pass a resolution to remove Ms Zziwa from office should the required number of legislators from all the five East African Community (EAC) member countries sign in support of the motion.

“The motion for a resolution to remove the Speaker from office shall be signed by at least four elected members from each partner state and submitted to the Clerk who shall, within 24 hours of receipt of the list of names, forward the notice to the House,” he said.The official added that the motion shall be tabled in the Assembly within seven days of its receipt and shall refer it to the Committee on Legal, Rules and Privileges to investigate and report its findings to the House for debate.

Although the official could not anticipate what would follow should the motion be tabled when Eala reconvenes this afternoon, the Rules of Procedure require that the Speaker shall not preside the proceedings of the Assembly.

“If the Assembly passes the motion for the removal of the Speaker by not less than two thirds majority of elected members of the Assembly, the Speaker shall cease to hold office,” explained the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press on the matter.

Ms Zziwa, a Ugandan, looked relaxed in Arusha yesterday afternoon when the House was in session which saw the tabling of the Report of the Committee on Legal Rules and Privileges on the Review of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly.

what is alleged Denied knowledge. Reports on the intention by a section of legislators to remove her from office have been circulating in the last few weeks with Ms Zziwa claiming she was aware of the matter and had not been notified officially by last week.

The allegations. Allegations against her ranged from her failure to consult enough with Eala members for key decisions, hence dictating matters, to claims that she was greatly influenced by her husband (Capt Edward Babu) in her day-to-day running of the regional assembly.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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