Former Kabula county Mp James James Kakooza has been declared the new elected EALA Mp to represent Uganda.
Kakooza of the NRM is unopposed for the the position according the verification committee of the nominees and applicants for the by- election to EALA Uganda chapter.
Kakooza now replaces the former representative of Uganda ,Mathias Kasamba who succumbed to Covid-19.
183 MPs voted in favour of Kakooza’s representation. The eleventh Parliament has a total of 529 MPs. Deputy Speaker Anita Among declared Kakooza as successful elected EALA member.
He now joins the other representatives elected to EALA by Uganda on 28th February 2017. These include Rose Akol Okullo (NRM), PauI Musamali (NRM), George Odongo (NRM), Mary Mugyenyi (NRM), Dennis Namara (NRM), Chris Opoka (UPC), Fred Mukasa Mbidde (DP) and Susan Nakawuki (Independent).
EALA is the legislative organ of the East African Community (EAC) established by Article 9(1) (1) of The Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (1999).
The regional Assembly consists of members elected from outside the national parliaments of the six partner states including Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Sudan.
Each member state elects 9 members to the EALA through their respective National Assemblies and the EAC Treaty requires that members should represent the diversity of views present in their own National Assemblies and also that their selection meets certain criteria for gender balance.
The membership of EALA currently stands at 62 and 8 ex-officio members including the Minister responsible for regional co-operation from each Member State and the Secretary-General and the Counsel to the Community.