EAST AFRICAN LEGISLATIVE ADOPTS MOTION TO SUSPEND ITS SPEAKER

NAIROBI, Nov 27- Members of the East African Legislative Assembly have passed a resolution to suspend the Speaker, Margaret Zziwa, for 21 days pending investigations into her conduct.

The resolution was adopted during a special sitting here Wednesday presided over by Chris Opoka-Okumu, a Ugandan member of the regional parliament, which also saw EALA’s Committee on Legal Affairs called upon to handle the investigations.

The section of the assembly which sponsored the motion consisted of 32 of the 44 members of parliament, more that the required two-thirds.

The MPs passed the motion to remove the Speaker after they petitioned the Clerk of the Assembly, Kenneth Madete, to convene the special meeting.

In April, a Kenyan legislator, Peter Mathuki, had moved to impeach Zziwa, citing misconduct, poor governance, poor leadership skills, abuse of office, disrespect and intimidation of members and staff but the move failed after Zziwa sent the assembly into recess shortly after the motion was tabled. The courts later ruled in her favour in blocking the impeachment.

Last month, the Speaker, who is from Uganda, adjourned the House indefinitely on the last day of business owing to a quorum hitch. The House had then been meeting in Kigali for two weeks.

Only two Tanzanian representatives were present at Wednesday’s sitting, while all the other member countries of EALA had at least eight representatives present.

Speaking during a media briefing before the regional assembly began its sittings in Nairobi, Zziwa claimed that there was a syndicate of some members out to frustrate her.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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