How Hon. Francis Zaake was removed from parliamentary commission and directed to apologize

Date: 2022-03-11

By Kabuye Ronald

In the night of Thursday, Parliament chaired by the deputy speaker Rt. Hon. Anita Among voted out the Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake from parliament commission on account of misconduct and misbehavior.

Out of 161 Mps who voted 155 supported the motion to decommission Zaake, four were against the motion while the two votes were invalid.

“Hon. Zaake ceases to be a member of the parliamentary commission and he is required to come and make an apology in this house in one week. We are now asking opposition to give us another name of a commissioner” an emotional Among ruled

The motion tabled by the Bardege-Layibi Division MP, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi followed a report by the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee of Parliament which recommended that the Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake apologizes to the House for his actions that tantamount to indiscipline.

In its report, the committee confirms that Zaake made statements on his social media accounts of Facebook and Twitter and that the statements brought Parliament into disrepute. The committee also says that Zaake was in breach of the rule on public trust and confidence under the Code of Conduct of MPs.

However, , a minority report tabled by Butambala Woman MP Aisha Kabanda said that the complaint against Zaake failed to prove that the social media posts were actually made by Zaake.

The minority report is also signed by Nansana Municipality MP Musoke Wakayima, Bukomansimbi South MP Geofrey Kayemba Ssolo, Industrial Division MP Karim Masaba and Kampala Woman MP Shamim Malende.

The minority MPs say that whereas Parliament is mandated to make laws that govern parliament, the Rules of procedure are specific to regulating proceedings before parliament and its committees.

It should be noted that investigations followed a complaint raised by the Bardege-Layibi Division MP, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi on the floor of Parliament in which he proposed to move a motion for Zaake’s removal from the parliamentary commission, the top most organ of the House.  

He noted that Zaake's outburst on social media about the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among was in breach of the code of conduct for a Member of Parliament particularly a requirement to conduct themselves in a manner, which will maintain and strengthen the public trust and confidence in the integrity of Parliament.    

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