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Kidega: Zziwa Free to Seek Legal Redress

Kidega (L) in a meeting with Kadaga at Parliament in Kampala on Tuesday

A joint operation by United Nations troops and the Congolese army (FARDC) took control of the main bases used by an armed group actively threatening security and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s long-troubled eastern region.

FARDC troops backed by attack helicopters and the Force Intervention Brigade of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) took control of bases used by the National Liberation Front, here http://decksplushouston.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php known by the French acronym FNL, visit web http://dcointl.com/wp-content/plugins/flexslider/classes/class-wooslider-admin.php in an area of restive South Kivu Province.

“The joint operation FARDC-MONUSCO against FNL is a strong signal for all armed groups, there including the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda): the only way toward peace is through voluntary disarmament,” said MONUSCO chief, Martin Kobler.

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His comments come as MONUSCO prepares to launch military operations against the FDLR, another armed group operating in eastern DRC, which missed a deadline for the unconditional surrender of its forces on 2 January.

They follow also a joint FARDC-MONUSCO attack against the rebel Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces in North Kivu and the arrest of Cobra Matata, leader of the Force de Résistance Patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI) which took place over the weekend.

The FNL is a Burundian group that is deemed to pose an unacceptable threat to the security and stability in the eastern DRC and the joint offensive launched against the group was part of an operation initiated in late 2014 aiming to disarm armed groups operating in the Ruzizi plain and nearby areas.

The FNL’s neutralization is considered of paramount importance for MONUSCO and the FARDC to ensure civilian security in South Kivu.

“We are prepared to fight all armed groups and protect civilians,” said Major General Jean Baillaud, MONUSCO Force Commander ad interim. “This military success clearly shows FARDC and MONUSCO’s capacities to conduct joint actions and their common determination to neutralize all armed groups.”

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The Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly Hon. Dan Fred Kidega has pledged to ensure the restoration of unity in the House split apart by internal squabbles over the last two years.

In his maiden official visit to the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda at her chambers in Kampala on Tuesday, ed http://cizgisactasarim.com/wp-content/plugins/page-builder-pmc/blocks/aq-testimonial-block.php Speaker Kidega said it was his responsibility to construct a mechanism that would unite the House.

“It is now my responsibility to unite the House as one. During the last two and a half years, information pills http://context-beermann.de/templates/context_beermann/warp/systems/joomla/layouts/mod_articles_archive/default.php we have not handled a lot of business and the backlog is heavy. We must do a lot to conclude four pending bills committee reports and questions to council ministers”, medications he told journalists.

The bills for consideration include the EAC Cooperatives Bill, EAC Electronic Transactions Bill, EAC Trade Negotiations Bill and the EAC Education Integration Bill.

“It is fortunate that I was unanimously elected by all and all have confident in me,” said Kidega about his election which his predecessor, Margaret Zziwa has vowed to challenge in court.

He said the regional law-making assembly “followed the law to the end in all that happened in EALA resulting to my election.”

In December 2013, EALA elected Kidega as Speaker.

He became the fourth Speaker of EALA, replacing Rt. Hon Margaret Nantongo Zziwa who was removed from Office on grounds of abuse of office and dictatorship.

He was elected unopposed after his main contender, Hon Chris Opoka- Okumu stepped down.   The two were the only ones validly nominated.

On Zziwa going to court, Kidega said, “it is her right of opinion and the East Africa Court of Justice is handling that.”

Speaker Kidega said EALA will resume sittings on January 17th in Arusha Tanzania to handle the pending budget and audit reports.

“The Assembly would have met in Kampala but the consideration of the budget and audit reports is done in Arusha. The rest of the sittings will be on a rotational basis among the partner states”, he added.

The Speaker said his leadership will ensure better links with the media and make the integration process more people-centred.

Speaker Kadaga in her remarks assured the new Speaker of support from the Parliament of Uganda. She promised to enhance closer working relations between the two Assemblies.

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