How Hon. Francis Zaake was removed from parliamentary commission and directed to apologize
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
Out of 161 Mps who voted 155 supported the motion to
decommission Zaake, four were against the motion while the two votes were
“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
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.