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EALA MPs suspend Speaker Margaret Zziwa

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Members of the East African Legislative Assembly yesterday passed a resolution to suspend the Speaker, Margaret Zziwa, for 21 days pending investigations into her conduct.

The resolution was reached during a special sitting presided over by Uganda’s Chris Opoka-Okumu, which also saw the committee on legal affairs called upon to handle the investigations, according to a statement issued yesterday afternoon.

The section of the assembly that sponsored the motion consisted of 32 of the 44 members, which is more than the required two-thirds.

The MPs removed the Speaker after they petitioned the Clerk of the Assembly Kenneth Madete urging him to convene the special meeting.

“The Assembly further resolved to suspend/bar Rt. Hon Margaret Nantongo Zziwa from exercising the functions of Office of the Speaker pending the finalisation of the investigations into the motion for her removal,” said the statement.

The motion was moved by MP Abdullah Mwinyi.

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