Zziwa fights to replace Jacqueline Mbabazi



Overthrown East African Legislative Assembly speaker, Margaret Zziwa, is back home to console herself with a top ruling NRM job.

Zziwa was kicked out of office for misconduct and abuse of office last year becoming the first regional speaker to be impeached.

She was replaced by Uganda’s Chris Opoka-Okumu serving in an interim capacity until the election of new speaker, Daniel Fred Kidega.

As URN reports, Zziwa is now among the six aspiring candidates who have picked nomination forms to contest for the position of national chairperson of the National Resistance Movement NRM Women League.

Others are; Nusura Tiperu, one of the nine members representing Uganda in the 3rd East African Legislative Assembly in Arusha, Tanzania NRM members, Awere Phibby Otaala, Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, former deputy envoy of African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia, Nabatanzi Lugudde Katwe and Mary Sendi.

Dr. Tanga Odoi, NRM Electoral Commission chairperson told URN that out of the six party members who expressed interest to run for the post two of them have so far returned the forms.

Zziwa was among the first to return the forms as a confirmation of her determination to occupy this office.

The other one is Wanyoto who has also returned her forms.

The office is currently occupied by Mrs Jacqueline Mbabazi who refused to pick nomination forms expressing disinterest in the position.

Jacqueline and her sister, Hope Mwesigye, currently face NRM disciplinary committee for turning down summons by a CEC subcommittee.

Citing lack of democracy and transparency in the ruling party, Jacqueline opted out together with her husband and former NRM Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, who is running on an independent ticket.

The possible replacement, Zziwa, has been a member of the National Resistance Movement, the ruling political party in Uganda since 1986.

Between 1993 and 1995, she served as a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution.

From 1996 until 2006, she served two consecutive terms in Uganda’s Parliament, as the Women’s Member of Parliament for Kampala District.

From 2007, she has served as one of the nine Ugandan legislators in the East African Legislative Assembly, the legislative arm of the East African Community (EAC).

In June 2012, she was elected to serve as the Speaker of the EALA, for a five-year term.

She is the First Female Speaker of EALA.

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