President receives new EALA Speaker

Wednesday 4th July 2012

The newly elected Speaker of five East African State of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya; Margret Nantongo Zziwa after a meeting with President Museveni at his Rwakitura home. Wither on right Speakers’s Personal Assistant Winfred Kariba and EAC Senior Public Relations Officers Bobi Odiko (left) on July 3rd 2012. PPU photography by Kalibbala Kato Jacob

President Yoweri Museveni has received and held a meeting with the new Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Rt. Hon. Margaret Zziwa, who called on him at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district.

During the meeting that took place yesterday, the President congratulated Rt. Hon. Zziwa upon her recent victory when she clinched the post of the Speaker of the regional of EALA, the regional legislature that brings together legislators from the partner states of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

The membership of the East African Legislative Assembly, currently, stands at 52 legislators, with 9 Elected Members from each of the 5 East African Community (EAC) partner states and 7 Ex-Officio Members. The Ex-Official Membership of EALA comprises those Ministers of each Partner State for Regional Co-operation. 

Welcoming Rt. Hon. Zziwa, President Museveni emphasized the need for the East African Federation to concentrate a lot more on increasing and strengthening markets in the region, enhancing security and encouraging further cultivation of relations between the peoples of the member countries.

On her part, Rt. Hon. Zziwa lauded President Museveni’s role and support to the integration process the region. She said that one of her main goals during her tenure is to ensure that the East African Federation becomes broadly understood and appreciated more by the people of the East African economic bloc. She pledged her commitment to work for the advancement of the region emphasizing that she will always perform her duties in close consultation with the leaderships of the partner states in the East African Community. 

 

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