By Kabuye Ronald
The embattled former speaker of the 3rd East African Legislative Assembly Magaret nantongo zziwa wants the clerk of the regional assembly to make necessary arrangements to have her reinstated as speaker
This follows a ruling by the east African court of justice in Arusha on the 3rd of this month that pronounced itself on the legitimacy of zziwa declaring her impeachment as unlawful.
Zziwa was impeached in november2014 on grounds of misconduct, abuse of office and disrespect to members. To this effect, an interim speaker Chris opoka okumu presided over the election of Dan kidega as speaker who still holds the office.
However the court ruling indicates that all business conducted by the interim speaker is null and void including the speakership of Dan kidega.
Zziwa while addressing the media at the Kampala Serena hotel said that the EALA clerk, Kenneth madete should effect the ruling of the regional court.
“I Cannot take caterpillars, guns, A47 or claim my office forcefully that is why am giving the clerk to EALA time to clean up my office and prepare it before he hands it back to me.” Said Zziwa
It should be recalled that court declared that the sitting of the Assembly on 26th November 2014 presided over by a temporary speaker, an entity and office unknown to the treaty and the rules of procedure of the assembly was unlawful and violated Article 56 of the treaty.
Court also found that the committee on legal rules and privileges, in allowing members of the assembly who initiated the motion for removal of Zziwa to sit and determine whether she should in fact be removed, violated the basic rules of natural justice that an accuser cannot also be the judge in proceeding against the accused and thus the move by her lawyer to have her reinstated