January 7, 2015

Kadaga Calls for Review of EAC Treaty

The East African legislative assembly is implored to address grey areas in the EAC treaty following the recent impeachment of Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, the assembly’s former Speaker.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga

The call was made by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, during a meeting with the newly elected Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly Dan Kidega at her office in Kampala today.

“The situation (Impeachment) presented lacunas in the EAC treaty. There were grey areas and people thought we would make a resolution stopping the impeachment”, Kadaga stated while alluding to the National assembly’s lack of control on its representatives in the regional assembly.

Zziwa was impeached last month by the assembly after fellow MPs accused her of incompetence, abuse of office, nepotism and intimidation of both lawmakers and EALA staff. The impeachment was equally endorsed by majority of Ugandan legislators.

But Kadaga observed in today’s meeting that while the Uganda parliament respects the principal of separation of powers and autonomy of EALA, it is important to see cohesion developed from within the treaty and build credibility of the Assembly.

Kidega explained that the assembly has no mandate to amend the treaty that establishes the EAC. He said the powers lies with the summit which is the highest organ in the East African community which takes such decisions.

Kidega added although EALA doesn’t have a direct role, but can participate through the council of ministers.

“As the assembly we will support the amendments especially the lacuna’s that have been identified by Rt. Hon Kadaga. There are proposals that the assembly has made to the highest organs of the community,” he added.

“It has been a very difficult one year, debate and for the last one year, the House is very divided. It is now my responsibility that the sides exist in the house as one,” Kidega said.

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