For Online E-newspaper
The East African : Dec 8th 2014
The EastAfrican NEWS DECEMBER 6-12,2014 REGIONAL ASSEMBLY LEADERSHIP ROW EAC Attorney-General seals Zziwa’s fate Community’s legal adviso≥ says due p≥ocess was followed By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI Special Correspondent T he fate of Margaret Zziwa has been sealed after the East African Community Counsel endorsed the process that suspended her as regional Assembly’s Speaker. In a letter dated November 30 and addressed to Ms Zziwa’s lawyers — Kampala Associated Advocates — EAC Attorney General Wilbert Kaahwa stated that due process for her suspension was followed. The letter was copied to the EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera and EALA Members of Parliament. Mr Kaahwa told Ms Zziwa to vacate office to pave the way for investigations into allegations, which have been levelled against her. “I have therefore advised her through you (Zziwa’s advocates) to consider the bigger picture, take responsibility and accede to the investigations to clear her name and obviate a situation where the Assembly may be constrained into further unnecessary malfunctioning,” reads the counsel’s letter. Ms Zziwa had on November 27 sated through her advocates that she will not vacate office un- THE GENESIS Margaret Zziwa has been accused of abuse of office. Picture: File til advised by the EAC counsel. Mr Kaahwa defended the “I have therefore advised her through you to consider the bigger picture.” Wilbert Kaahwa, AG of EAC Clerk and Members of the Assembly against claims that they acted contrary to the rules of the House in the removal of Ms Zziwa from office. “Since the Assembly in June did not handle the motion systematically to its conclusion in accordance to Rule 9... the motion remained in the House awaiting disposal. The motion could not simply be deemed to have collapsed by the fact that three members who initially signed a resolution that gave rise to the motion had later withdrawn their signatures. The procedure for the withdrawal of the motions once moved as provided in rule 34 had not been followed,” Mr Kaahwa added. EALA members during their last sittings in Nairobi last month reintroduced the censure motion, which the Speaker termed illegal. Following the reintroduction of the censure motion, Ms Zziwa was suspended by the members to allow investigations into accusation of abuse of office and incompetence. According to Kenya’s EALA representative Abubakar Ogle, the investigations against Ms Zziwa by the Committee on Legal, Rules and Privileges are ongoing and the members of the committee are drafting charges against the Ms Zziwa some of which include incompetence, arrogance and mismanagement. “It is expected that the com- The woes of Margaret Zziwa as EALA Speaker began in June when some members drafted a motion to removed her from the position, citing her decision to veto rotational sittings of EALA in the five East African Community partner states of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, as has been the custom since 2008. mittee will finalise their investigations then write to the Speaker to appear before it in person or through her lawyer to defend herself. This will then generate an investigation process,” said Mr Ogle. The report findings, Mr Ogle said, will be brought to the House for debate within 21 days. In the event that the Speaker does not appear before the committee, the report will be tabled immediately for debate. “Majority of the members are tired of her presiding over the proceedings of the House. We need someone who can lead us properly and in a respectful manner,” said Mr Ogle. However, Ms Zziwa has re- mained defiant, saying House rules must be followed to remove her from office. “We cannot be the ones mak- ing the laws and at the same time not following them as required by the EAC Treaty, then we will be leading by bad example,” said Ms Zziwa. “As per the Rule 9 of the As- sembly, the members are supposed to write the charges afresh, seek at least three signatures from members of each partner states then forward it to the Clerk who should then present it to the House after seven days.” “There have been a lot of blackmailing and intimidation among the members on this matter which is very wrong,” she noted. Ms Zziwa said although she is ready to respond to the letter from the Legal Committee, she feels that the report will be biased because the chair of the committee Dora Byamukama, is an interested party because she was a contestant for the position of the Speaker in last elections. She also claimed that her suspension was instigated by EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera. 3 On 11th December in your copy of the Daily Nation... Kenyatta University Invites Applications for Postgraduate Programmes beginning January 2015 from qualified applicants for the Programmes which will be offered under in various campuses, under Full – Time, Evening & Weekend mode of study in the Academic Year 2014/2015, beginning January, 2015.
Dec 1st 2014
Dec 15th 2014