By Our Reporter
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has called for the harmonisation of some issues between the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the Uganda Parliament.
Rt .Hon. Oulanyah who was chairing the House, Wednesday April, 02 2014 made this call following a submission by the government Chief Whip Hon. Justin Lumumba on the impending censure of the EALA Speaker Rt. Hon. Margaret Nantongo Zziwa.
Hon. Lumumba informed the House that as Parliament was discussing the issue, the EALA in Arusha had been sent on recess and that the responsible minister from Uganda would make a statement to the House.
“The minister is now travelling back to Kampala and he will make a statement to this House next week,” she added.
The Chief Whip added that since the Uganda Parliament elects the EALA representatives, they will be required to appear before the Committee on East African Affairs before the said committee also reports to the House next week.
The Deputy Speaker however, observed that the East African Treaty does not recognise any committee of a member parliament.
“I wonder if our committee can have any mandate on the Treaty. I think we need to harmonise this among others,”Oulanyah cautioned.
During the sitting, several Members of Parliament raised concern over the impending censure and sought to recall the Ugandan representatives to EALA for not consulting them as the electorate.
Several members of EALA have signed a Motion which seeks to censure Rt. Hon. Zziwa accusing her of poor governance and leadership skills, abuse of office, disrespect and intimidation of EALA Members and staff.