In the plenary session chaired by the EALA Assembly Speaker Ngoga Martin, Kadaga was handed the EALA rules of procedure and a copy of the EAC treaty. The Speaker of the Assembly praised Kadaga as a senior Speaker who comes with rich experience in the community.
Before the meeting, Members of the East African Legislative Assembly threatened to boycott the sittings over arrears including delayed salaries of three months. The legislators also claim up to USD 2 million for the meetings they have attended online since the pandemic broke out, including USD 400 each as transport and USD 160 for sitting allowance.
Bobi Odiko, the senior Public Relations Officer at EALA, was last year reported by The East African, saying the Assembly wasnt against universal suffrage. He argued that this is one of the ways in, which the assembly can effectively represent the citizens of East Africa.
The stalemate in Kenya and South Sudan caused a deadlock in the regional body because it cannot conduct any business in the absence of one partner state. As such, the administration of oath for the other legislators in the assembly was suspended indefinitely
Some of the newly elected members of the East African Legislative Assembly EALA have expressed disappointment over delays in convening the Assembly. On Tuesday, Kirunda Kivejinja the Minister of East Africa Community EAC Affairs, attributed the two-month delay to failure by Kenya and South Sudan to elect their representatives to EALA. Kivejinja is the current chairperson of the East African Community EAC Council of Ministers.
For the second consecutive time opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC party failed to secure a single seat as Parliament voted nine legislators to represent Uganda at the East African Legislative Assembly EALA.
A section of candidates contesting for the East African Legislative Assembly EALA seats are complaining about the arrangement of their names on the ballot papers to be used for todays election. The candidates, mostly Independent, say the arrangement of the names is intended to benefit their counterparts attached to political parties.
Parliament convenes today elect nine legislators that will represent Uganda at the East African Legislative Assembly EALA. It was a busy day on Monday as EALA contenders made last-minute lobbying ahead of todays election. In the open area between the East and South wings of the Parliament Building, one was welcomed with coloured banners with faces of different candidates. These are accompanied by their slogans while all corridors and elevators are littered with flyers and brochures.
Three incumbent East African Legislative Assembly EALA legislators say experience will be a key factor as they seek re-election on Tuesday. The three including Democratic Partys Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Independent legislator Suzan Nakawuki and Uganda Peoples Congress UPC partys Chris Opoka talked to URN about their tenure in the current regional parliament which expires in June.
The Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige has rejected a letter from the Forum for Democratic Change FDC party withdrawing the candidature of Ingrid Turinawe from the East African Legislative Assembly EALA race. Kibirige says Muntus letter contravenes Rule 7 2 of the parliament Rules of Procedure that requires a withdrawal letter from the EALA race to be signed by both the nominee personally and the secretary general of the party which nominated him or her.
In a letter dated 22nd February 2017 and addressed to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, FDC president Major General Mugisha Muntu withdraws Turinawes candidature leaving another FDC candidate Florence Ibi Ekwau to compete with candidates from other political parties.
Up to 48 candidates are competing for the nine slots. They include 38 independent candidates, six members of the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party and two members of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC. Democratic Party DP and Uganda Peoples Congress UPC have also fielded one candidate each.
President Yoweri Museveni has reacted angrily to allegations that legislators solicited bribes from aspirants for the East African Legislative Assembly EALA. Museveni told NRM legislators to be very careful with what he described as money practices saying that these are very dangerous since they devalue the importance of the vote. He said that elections should mean elections but not money and lies.