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Zziwa Promises Consultative Leadership as EALA Speaker

Margaret Zziwa, the new Speaker East African Legislative Assembly—EALA, has promised that her leadership will be consultative and geared towards achieving the objectives of the East African Community.

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Margaret Zziwa, the new Speaker East African Legislative Assembly—EALA, has promised that her leadership will be consultative and geared towards achieving the objectives of the East African Community.

Zziwa was on Tuesday afternoon received by the EALA Uganda chapter chaired by Bernard Mulengani. Conspicuously missing from the reception meeting was Dora Byamukama, the EALA legislator who lost to Zziwa in the speakership elections a week ago. Other EALA members were present to usher in the Speaker to her victory party at Lugogo Stadium. Her convoy of more than30 vehicles snaked through the road from Entebbe to Kampala. Adorned in yellow NRM T-shirts, supporters carried small flags and posters congratulating the EALA Speaker.

Zziwa took over from Kenya’s Abdirahin Abdi as the speaker of the regional assembly and now promises to continue with what she called the gains of the region’s togetherness. The last Assembly enacted 36 laws in its five-year tenure.

As the first woman to head the Arusha-based parliament, Zziwa also promises to continue to enact relevant legislation in the region. She pledges to remain independent, strong and true to the ideals of East Africans.

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Zziwa is says she is also ready to tackle the challenges in the region especially those faced by cross-border businesses as well as the slow uptake of agenda of the EAC in national policy.

Zziwa, considered as an underdog in the EALA speaker, defeated Byamukama with 33 votes against 12 in the second round of voting. She says the position she got at the time of the elections in Arusha was that there was no official candidate fronted by her party-NRM.

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Zziwa’s position was confirmed by President Yoweri Museveni during the State of the Nation Address last week, when he said that he endorsed both Zziwa and Byamukama to participate in the elections.

Francis Babu, Zziwa’s husband and a former minister in the NRM government, referred to her as the ‘mother hen’ who cares for all. He said his main role during the race in Arusha was to calm her down amidst the numerous pressures. Without naming names, Babu said there was a clique of NRM MPs who thought they represented the official position.

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Zziwa’s tasks are now to steer the Assembly to legislate on the monetary union where the five East African states will have a common currency, before moving on to the political Federation.

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