Tuesday May 13 2014

EAC court halts Zziwa censure

By Stephen Kafeero

Kampala- The East African Court of Justice has issued interim orders blocking the censure of East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) Speaker Margaret Zziwa until the court delivers its ruling on May 29.

Ms Zziwa’s censure was expected to be top on the regional parliament’s agenda when it comes out of recess on May 24.

“In the interim, the status quo be maintained and the East African Legislative Assembly is here by restrained from deliberating the matter of the removal of the speaker of Eala pending delivery of the ruling by the court on May 29,” reads in part the order issued on Friday last week by Justice Jean Bosco Butasi (Principal Judge), Justice Isaac Lenaola (Deputy Principal Judge) and Lady Justice Monica Mugenyi.

Addressing journalists yesterday in Kampala, Mr Fred Mukasa Mbidde, an Eala legislator, said the regional parliament was free to go on with any activity besides the move to censure Ms Zziwa.

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Mr Mbidde also said he had written to Uganda’s Attorney General, Mr Peter Nyombi, who is a respondent, to stop any activity relating to Ms Zziwa’s removal.

“Today, I served Uganda’s Attorney General the order and I expect him to stop any move in relation to Ms Zziwa,” Mr Mbidde said.
In the petition pending ruling, Mr Nyombi is accused of failing to advise the assembly.

In March, Mbidde Foundation Ltd through their lawyers, filed a petition before the regional court seeking orders stopping any one from drafting a motion to censure Ms Zziwa.

The motion is sponsored by Kenyan representative Peter Mathuki who accuses her, among other things, of poor governance and leadership skills, abuse of office, disrespect and intimidation of Eala members and staff.

A move to impeach Ms Zziwa in April failed after she sent the assembly on recess shortly after the motion seeking her removal was tabled.