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Court: Margaret Zziwa was Illegally Removed as EALA Speaker, Awarded Shs 1.2 Billion

Margaret Zziwa Wins Eala Case

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Margaret Nantongo Zziwa was illegally removed from office as the speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) in 2015, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has ruled.

Eala’s first female speaker,  Zziwa’s term was cut shot just three years after she took office.

Zziwa was accused of abuse of office and was succeeded by Uganda’s Dan Kidega.

In a Friday ruling, the EACJ directed that Zziwa be compensated with $120,000 (about Shs 432m) over he illegal ejection from the regional parliament’s top seat.

Zziwa will also bag $200,000 (about Shs 720m) as court costs.

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“God has vindicated me and I feel great,” said Zziwa as she welcomed the ruling.

“I have won the case after a long legal battle. The EAJC has done very well and reinstated confidence in the court.”

She reiterated that “what the members did was bad” and “they should be held accountable”.

“What they did demeans the status of the assembly and affects the integrity of the assembly.”

Additional Reporting: Courtesy

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