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Thursday, 18 December 2014
Speaker Zziwa impeached
The Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Margaret Nantongo Zziwa has been
The Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Margaret Nantongo Zziwa has been impeached. Ms Zziwa was on Wednesday impeached in a majority vote of 36 members who voted in favour of the motion, two opposed while one abstained from the vote. Zziwa was absent at the time of her impeachment. Her nemesis Dorah Byamukama was the first to cast the impeachment vote followed by Fred Mukasa Mbidde, the man who has consistently defended her. The EALA session that impeached her was chaired by interim Speaker, Mr Chris Opoka-Okumu. The development comes just a day after East African Court of Justice (EACJ) on Tuesday quashed Ms Zziwa’s application in which she had sought to block today’s proceedings. Ms Zziwa through her lawyers, had among other things sought an order prohibiting and restraining EALA from convening today for purposes of considering Legal, Rules and Privileges committee, pending the hearing and determination of the main case she filed in the regional Court. The Court found that Ms Zziwa had failed to prove the irreparable injustice today’s sitting may occasion to her, as had been claimed in her application.
“The Court declared it was unable to accept the Applicant’s case that she is entitled to any ex-parte orders. The Court thus ordered the Application be fixed for hearing inter parte on 3rd February 2015. The Application was dismissed with no order as to cost,” read a statement by Ms. Geraldine Umugwaneza Deputy Registrar. Ms Zziwa has been fighting to block the November 17 suspension by majority of the Assembly members over her alleged misconduct. She termed the suspension as illegal.