Monday March 31 2014

President meets Eala legislators over Zziwa censure

By Emmanuel Mulondo

With two days to the lapse of time and some sponsors withdrawing their signatures from a notice of a motion to impeach East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) Speaker Margaret Zziwa, President Yoweri Museveni held a meeting yesterday with the ruling party’s representatives and leaders of other partner states’ legislative chapters in a bid to defuse hostility.

“It is taking place at mid-day and I think leaders of other (non-Ugandan) chapters are arriving any time,” a government source confirmed earlier in the day, though the meeting was later held in the evening.
The meeting follows another a week ago with Ugandan Eala legislators over the issue.

Sources who attended the earlier meeting told the Daily Monitor then that the meeting had ended prematurely after Mr Shem Bageine, the Ugandan Minister for East African Community Affairs, reportedly cautioned against Ugandans taking any positions without engaging colleagues from partner states.

The President, who also had little time, never pronounced himself then.
Accused of failing to give leadership to the Assembly and habrouring dictatorial tendencies, Ms Zziwa has been under attack since last August when she vetoed a motion to rotate the Assembly’s sittings in different EAC member states annually.

She denies the accusations and instead accuses some members of harbouring petty and personal grudges against her.