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Zziwa Fights for her Political Life in Arusha

Zziwa is fighting for her political life at the EACJ in Arusha

The East African Court of Justice will hold an extraordinary session from July 25-29 in Arusha, page http://companyimpact.com/components/com_content/helpers/icon.php Tanzania, information pills http://comotenerunabuenaereccion.com/wp-includes/post.php to hear oral evidence in a case filed on December 10, site http://communalp.at/wp-admin/includes/file.php 2014 by Hon. Margaret Zziwa against the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Chimp Corps report.

Hon Zziwa contests certain actions and decisions of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and its Committee on Legal Rules and Privileges which pertained to investigations against her and consequential impeachment motion.

Hon Zziwa was the then elected Speaker of the EALA.

Hearing of the case could not take off in September 2015 because of a preliminary objection raised by the secretary General on grounds that the applicant and her witnesses could not give oral evidence without special leave of the Assembly under section 20(1) of the Privileges Act.

The First Instance Division of the Court by its ruling of November 6, 2015 overruled the Preliminary objection on ground that it was not open to it to find that the evidence that Hon Zziwa and her witnesses would adduce would be an affront to Section 20 of the Privileges Act, without first hearing them.

The Secretary General being dissatisfied by the said ruling appealed to the Appellate Division of the Court which by its ruling of May 27, 2016 dismissed the Appeal and found that the First Instance Division did not commit any error of law in arriving at its conclusion.

Summons 

On June 24, 2016 the First Instance Division dismissed Hon Zziwa’s application to have the Court issue her and her witnesses Summons to attend court and give evidence and/or produce documents.

The court held that the applicant and her witnesses had voluntarily chosen to give evidence in support of the case and therefore do not require summons to attend Court.

On whether the Applicant and her witnesses can lawfully be compelled to produce documents within the purview of Section 20 of the EALA (Powers and Privileges) Act 2003 the Court held that even if it could issue summons to voluntary witnesses, the summons cannot be used to circumvent, defeat or act as an appeal or review of the Assembly’s decision made under Section 20 rejecting her application to have the witnesses testify and produce certain documents.

The court refused to grant the applicant’s request.

The Court fixed the matter for four days hearing of oral evidence from 26th to 29th July 2016. The Applicant is expected to give evidence herself and call five witnesses while the Secretary General is expected to call five witnesses.

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